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Collaboration and Related projects

3CIRAN: Climate Change of Critical Infrastructure in Remote Areas in the Nordic countries (NOS-HS workshops)

The primary objective of this workshop series is to establish a new research group for examining the increased vulnerability due to Climate Change of Critical Infrastructure in Remote Areas in the Nordic countries (3CIRAN). To attain this objective, 3CIRAN will develop a series of stakeholder and academic workshops for building a framework combining social science and humanities theories, methods, and analyses.

3CIRAN draws from established knowledge on three research fields: the role of critical infrastructures in the functioning of society, infrastructural vulnerabilities, and the long-term impacts of climate change. Whilst these fields have generated an important new understanding of their domains, 3CIRAN argues that they have overlooked the manifold interconnections and mutually constitutive relationships between them. This creates a need for research to integrate insights from these three areas. The workshops develop a focus on climate adaptation in remote areas in the Nordic countries as a pivotal case to examine these interrelationships and pursue a state-of-the-art understanding of them.​

The project is led by Antti Silvast (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Rico Kongsager (University College Copenhagen), and is in collaboration with the Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen and Mikko J. Virtanen (both Tampere University) and Minna Lundgren (Mid Sweden University). The project will start 1/1-2021 and the first workshop will take place in autumn 2021 at the Mid Sweden University just before the fifth edition of the Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS2021).

Funded by a grant from the "Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS)" currently hosted by the Academy of Finland.

Nordic Network on Climate Related Displacement and Mobility (NOS-HS workshops)

The Nordic Network on Climate Related Displacement and Mobility brings together scholars, practitioners and stakeholders, to contribute to policy and regulatory questions associated with climate change related displacement as it impacts this region. By drawing on the Nordic experience, and putting this into a context of global trends, the Network highlights a specifically Nordic angle which will contribute to questions of immediate relevance to the governance of a global challenge.

Research into climate change and migration from a legal and policy perspective is in its fledgling stages in the Nordic region with only a few researchers focused specifically on the issue, and more working at its edges, but without a central hub to coordinate those efforts. This is the gap that the Nordic Network on Climate Related Displacement and Mobility fills.

Led by Assistant Professor Miriam Cullen (University of Copenhagen)

Funded by a grant from the "Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS)" currently hosted by the Academy of Finland.

Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research

Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE) is a platform for inter-disciplinary research, teaching and networking on disasters and climate change issues.

Along with members from different faculties at the University of Copenhagen, COPE’s main partners include University College Copenhagen and Roskilde University.

COPE's aim is to facilitate multidisciplinary disaster research by:

  1. supporting and promoting collaborative studies,

  2. sharing results from this research and

  3. circulating the results of these projects, thus advancing knowledge in the field.

With this expansive ideology at its base, the center sets out to attract both scholars and funding from national and international institutions. The research center is ultimately working towards a research-based education through the Master of Disaster Management (MDMa) program at the University of Copenhagen. The researchers involved in founding the COPE represent all six academic faculties, thus facilitating a center governed by many different voices, ideas, and perceptions of what disaster research encompasses.

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