Three PhD course essays accepted

During spring 2015, Nina Heidenstrøm has participated in three PhD courses at the University of Oslo, “Philosophy of Science”, “Research Ethics”, and “Texts in the field”. She has completed three essays which now have been accepted:

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Homerisk presentation at SRA conference Maastrich

Bodvar_TomassonBödvar Tomasson, University of Iceland ( co-author Harald Throne-Holst, SIFO) presented the paper Comparing assigned roles of households in the Nordic risk management plans at the 24th SRA-Europe Conference ‘Science, Policy and Society – Bridging the gap between risk and sciencein Maastricht, Netherlands, June 15th-16th 2015, in the ‘Risk Communication’ session.

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Third fieldtrip to Lærdal – May 2015

In the last week of May, PhD Student Nina Heidenstrøm and project manager Ardis Storm-Mathisen from SIFO visited Lærdal for the third time this spring to gather more knowledge on how households handled the electricity and ICT breakdown caused by the fire, and how they prepare for such breakdowns in everyday life. We conducted interviews with several of the affected households, as well as with relevant actors in the municipality and the businesses in Lærdal.

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Examples of household preparedness measures: Candles, diesel generator, flash lights. Photos: Nina Heidenstrøm

Homerisk research assistant Grétar Már Pálsson has defended his MA

We congratulate Grétar Már Pálsson – research assistant in the Icelandic Homerisk team – for having finalised and defended his Master thesis. Homerisk partner colleague Bjørn Karlsson has been his supervisor.

Palsson 2015Pálsson, Grétar Már. 2015. Impact on households and critical infrastructures from electricity failure. Two case studies and a survey on public preparedness. 30 RCTS thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of a Magister Scientiarum degree in Civil Engineering. Faculty of Covil and Environmental Engineering. School of Engineering and Natural Sciences. University of Iceland, Reykjavik.