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  • 1.
    Kolmodin, Sophie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    "Community" och "resiliens" - inga självklara begrepp2019Report (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Kolmodin, Sophie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Andersson, Caroline
    Preparing for climate change and hazards: Individual houseowners trust in local authorities and private entrepreneurs2019In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, E-ISSN 2212-4209, Vol. 41, article id 101277Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A changing climate that entails a growing number of hazards poses a challenge to communities across the world. Particularly exploited areas in mountain and maritime zones have become increasingly vulnerable. Homeowners in such areas has been identified as key actors in the pursuit of robust communities, though large groups of people tend to trust mainly in the risk management of local authorities. In order to achieve a better understanding in how individual homeowners address risks related to their properties and the ways in which they put their trust in the risk management in different actors, not only public authorities, we conducted interviews with homeowners in Sweden's largest ski resort, Åre, in recent years affected by an increasing number of landslides. The empirical findings show that households have different targets of trust during different stages of a crisis, which also aligns with previous research. While the respondents worried about the overall development in the area, their main concerns were related to their properties and how a harsher climate would affect their economic value. The homeowners furthermore expressed that their trust in the municipality and the local entrepreneur that runs the ski resort is low when it comes to crisis management. Yet rural populations in general are used to handle crises on their own, as assistance from authorities usually takes longer time. It is thus important that the municipality and local entrepreneurs assume responsibility not to jeopardize sustainability in future exploitations in the area in order to establish trust in relation to local homeowners. 

  • 3.
    Kolmodin, Sphie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    The Case of Västmanland: Unaffiliated Volunteers Use of Private Networks to Gain Acceptance2019Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    There is a growing expectation that volunteers of different kind will have a greater role in disaster management in the future compared to the past. Research shows that volunteers sometimes are regarded as a problem, they often lack relevant knowledge, education and an understanding of how crisis management work “normally is done”. However, a big part of Swedish-context based research only include emergency personnel or managers (police, military and fire brigades), or highly organized voluntary organizations that have a close connection to the official response operation such as the Red Cross and The home guard (national security forces). As a result, there´s a lack of studies using a bottom-up perspective, focusing on the narratives of unaffiliated volunteers.

    Building on interviews with eleven unaffiliated volunteers that were active during the forest fire in the county of Västmanland in Sweden, the study aims to investigate how volunteers relate to the official response operation. Following a network perspective I discuss how volunteers used private networks to get approval to act and access information during the fire crisis. The analytical result show that different types of unaffiliated volunteers take on different type of tasks and that their use of private networks are highly dependent on the type of tasks being performed, distance to the official rescue service, place attachment and need of information and acceptance.

  • 4.
    Sparf, Jörgen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Petridou, Evangelia
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Skog, Frida
    Kolmodin, Sophie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Ljungdahl, Jens
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Experimental Design in Teaching Crisis and Emergency Management in Social Sciences: The Case of the RCR Lab at Mid Sweden University2019In: International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, ISSN 0280-7270, Vol. 37, no 1, p. 92-100Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This short paper is a case study of the RCR Lab located at the campus of Mid Sweden

    University in Northern Sweden. We argue that experimental design thinking in research

    and higher education in the fields of crisis and emergency management in social studies

    can ameliorate the post hoc methodological problem and shed light in the decision

    processes and information flow among first responders as well as public officials of various

    levels. The RCR Lab may be used as an enhanced, realistic space for the enrichment of

    role-playing and simulations, to activate students, as well as a sophisticated tool for the

    collection not only of quantitative, but also of qualitative data. The audience for this paper

    may be institutions of higher education that have a lab on campus and are looking for new

    ways of utilizing it, as well as educators in general who are looking for new ways to

    integrate experimental thinking in their classes.

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