Related Research Groups

There are a number of research groups at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg that engage in research on topics that relates to and overlaps with URBSEC's agenda and mission. Some of the researchers involved in these groups are also working in URBSEC-initiated projects. Below, in alphabetical order, follows a list of such related groups, with links to websites.

Criminal, Legal and Investigative Psychology (CLIP)

CLIP is a research group within the area of forensic psychology. CLIP was established in 2000 and is situated at the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg. The group conducts research with the aim of contributing to psychological theory as well as being applicable to the legal system. The research group conducts research on a broad range of topics, unified by a direct applied relevance for the legal system. For presentational purposes, the research engaged in by CLIP reserachers can be grouped in five overarching themes: Deception and interrogations; Decision making in legal contexts; Memory and interviewing; Psychological victimology; and Preventing future crimes.

Criminal, Legal and Investigative Psychology - Psychology

Criminology and the Sociology of Law

Criminology and the Sociology of Law is a research group at the Department of Sociology and Work Science. The group focuses on how social and cultural conditions influence deviancy, control, regulation, surveillance, and rule-enforcement in contemporary societies. Empirically, the group theamtically researches crime prevention; crime victims and criminal perpetrators; public policing and other societal control functions; questions of market regulations and regulatory bodies or locally based crime prevention and security measures. Case studies include: economic crime in the private business sector; measures by the police to combat gang criminality; support to young crime victims; the private security industry, the legal system's management of sexual crimes; trafficking in women and children; the fear of violence; or e.g. life as a hidden refugee. Theoretically, the group engages empirical results to advance knowledge on how new rules and regulations are created and emerge, as well as ways in which new legislation or other forms for social control (norms, morals, mentalities) become established and gain influence in society.

Criminology and the Sociology of Law - Sociology and Work Science

Crisis Communication

Digital technology has fundamentally changed the preconditions for society's crisis communication. The mainly unidirectional flow of information from authorities via the media to the public has been replaced by network communication, in which authorities communicate directly with citizens, rather than to them, via social media, and where citizens also communicate directly with one another. With competition between channels and communicators for the attention of citizens and the most accepted interpretation of events, news media no longer define public discourse on crises and disasters, nor the shaping of images of politicians and responsible authorities. In studying these developments, the Crisis Communication Research Group at the Dept of Journalism, Media, and Communciation, draws on theories of democracy, power, culture, technological development, technological adaptation, social norms, and institutions. The group's research includes case studies and analyses of longitudinal changes as well as comparative studies of crisis communication in different countries. The studies are characterized by a close dialogue with responsible authorities and media organizations.

Crisis Communication - Journalism, Media, and Communciation (JMG)

Crisis Response Lab

Crisis Response Lab is a research collective with a focus on the design and the use of information technology and information systems in the domain of emergency and crisis response. The lab includes senior and junior researchers from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, most of them based at the Department of Applied Information Technology.

Crisis Response Lab - Applied IT

Risk and Society

Risk and Society is an ongoing research program at the Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI), University of Gothenburg, presently involving six researchers under the leadership of Program Director Åsa Boholm. The program employs social science approaches to explore how conceptions of risk derive from collective beliefs and situated practices concerned with contingency and values at stake. Organizational and institutional forces in the management, regulation and communication of risk through the interaction of diverse perspectives and rationalities constitute key themes in the program. Focused topics are: the concern for nature in risk debates; hopes, visions, and fears associated with technological innovation; public trust; citizen involvement in policy and decision making; communication by government agencies, and the role of science in public deliberation and decision making. The program aims both for robust empirical studies of societal risk issues and for theoretical development, including synthesis regarding cultural, epistemological, institutional and organizational dimensions of risk and its communication and management.

Risk and Society - Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)

Safety, Organization, and Leadership

Safety, Organization, and Leadership is a Research Group at the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. The group is headed by Professor Marianne Törner and engages approximately five researchers. The research focuses on how safety and security in organizations are influenced by psychological and social factors in interaction with the physical environment and with organizational structures. The research group is theoretically based in organizational psychology, particularly organizational climate and culture, and methodologically largely applies longitudinal study designs, to be able to understand causal mechanisms. Occupational branches where the frequency of accidents is high, such as the building and construction sector, make up an essential research area. Within the healthcare sector, the group has studied the impact of safety climate on patient safety as well as staff safety; organizational determinants for a good safety climate; and organizational moderators of significance for safety in healthcare. Another area of interest is professional culture and information security in healthcare. In addition, the group has a focus on how adolescents’, in particular, perceive and handle hazards, improved person-centered care of children and adolescents in relation to their perception of risk, and improved risk communication from healthcare organizations.

Safety, Organization, and Leadership - The Sahlgrenska Academy


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