Societal Security, Safety, Engineering, Environment and Emergency preparedness (S3E3)

The RG contributes to information sharing and scholarly debates in its field, thus creating synergies and new constellations for research and publication among its members. The aim is to maintain disciplinary plurality but at the same time benefit from multi- and interdisciplinary insights.The RG also functions as a forum to discuss and evaluate new project generation and funding opportunities. Since 2016, the RG organizes an international Societal Security workshop once a year. Here, leading scholars in the field, external project partners and participants, staff members and students come together in order to promote and benefit from knowledge sharing and cooperation. In terms of its members’ research and output, the RG aims at becoming a recognized consort of excellence in its field both nationally and internationally.

The scope of the RG is a subject to change and re-evaluation, depending on the development of its members’ research interests, new members and new projects. It is an aim of the RG to develop multidisciplinary research within the common fields of interest. 

 Societal security, safety and emergencies:

  • Crisis and emergency management, including the whole range of the crisis cycle, i.e. prevention, preparedness, warning, response, recovery and other related dimensions.
  • Critical infrastructure, i.e. an asset, system or part thereof, which is essential for the maintenance of vital societal functions, health, safety, security, economic or social well-being of people, and the disruption or destruction of which would have a significant impact as a result of the failure to maintain those functions.
  • Safety management, i.e.  a systematic approach to managing safety, including, but not limiting to, the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures.

Environment and engineering

  • Environmental management and risks, focusing, in a broad sense on the management of ecosystems and natural resources, and the environmental risks and potential harmful consequences of human activities on the environment.

Recent publications (selected) 

  • Staupe-Delgado, R. (2019). Analysing changes in disaster terminology over the last decade. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 101161.
  • Roud, E., & Gausdal, A. H. (2019). Trust and emergency management: Experiences from the Arctic Sea region. Journal of Trust Research, 1-23.
  • Cassotta, S., Sidortsov, R., Pursiainen, C., & Goodsite, M. E. (2019). Cyber Threats, Harsh Environment and the European High North (EHN) in a Human Security and Multi-Level Regulatory Global Dimension: Which Framework Applicable to Critical Infrastructures under Exceptionally Critical Infrastructure Conditions (ECIC). Beijing L. Rev.10, 317.
  • Staupe-Delgado, R. (2019). Progress, traditions and future directions in research on disasters involving slow-onset hazards. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal.
  • M. Sydnes & A. Sydnes. Oil-spill response in the Arctic: the Norwegian-Russian experience, In: Managing the Risk of Offshore Oil and Gas Accidents: The international legal dimesion, G. Handl and K. Svendsen, Eds.  
  • Pursiainen, C. (2018). Critical infrastructure resilience: A Nordic model in the making?. International journal of disaster risk reduction27, 632-641. 

Acting leader/contact:
Christer Henrik Pursiainen, Professor
Tlf.: (+47) 77660387


4th UiT Societal Security Workshop, 5-6 November 2019, Campus Harstad 

Past events 

3rd UiT Societal Security Workshop15-16 November 2018
2nd UiT Societal Security Workshop, 23 November 2017
1st UiT Societal Security and Safety Workshop, 28 November 2016

Ongoing projects

Societal Security collaboration in research and education
Project Period: September 2019 - May 2020
Funding: UiT / UArctic 

Pilot project for institutionalizing research-end user cooperation
Funding: CBSS Council of the Baltic Sea States
Project period: September 2019-December 2020

MAREC Inter-organizational coordination of mass rescue operations in complex environments
Funding: Norwegian Research Council
Project period: 2018-2020

Food (in)Security in the Arctic: Contribution of Traditional and Local Food to promote Food Security with Particular Reference to the European High North

Funding: Nordic Council of Ministers
Project period: 2017-2020

VanProd-Innovation for Enhanced Production of Vanadium from Waste Streams in the Nordic Region
Funder: Interreg Nord
Project period: 2017.09.01-2020.08.31

ECoHuCy Enablement besides Constraints: Human Security and a Cyber Multi-disciplinary Framework in the European High North 

Funding: Nordforsk
Project period: 2016-2019

Arctic Safety Centre, UNIS
Funding: Arktis 2030
Project Period: 2017-2019 

MIN-NORTH Development, Evaluation and Optimization of Measures to Reduce the Impact on the Environment from Mining Activities in Northern Regions 
Funder: Interreg Nord
Project period: 2016.01.01-2018.12.31

Past projects

IMPROVER Improved risk evaluation and implementation of resilience
concepts to critical infrastructure 
Funding: Horizon 2020.
Project period: May 2015 - May 2018

The Discipline of Societal Security in the Making: Let's Make It Together!
Funding: Nordic Council of Ministers
Project period: Jan 2017- December 2017. 

Maritime preparedness in the High North – Institutional partnership and coordination (MARPART)

• The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway- the Barents 2020 program
• The Nordland County Administration
• The University of Nordland
Project period: January 2014 - December 2016

Search and rescue in the High North (SARiNOR):
Work Package 3 «SEARCH»
Funding: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project period: 27.01.2015 – 19.06.2015