Current active subject description (last updated 2022/23)
Perspectives on Crises Management
Current active subject description (last updated 2022/23)

Perspectives on Crises Management


This PhD-course will deepen the students’ knowledge on societal safety with a focus on crisis management including prevention, preparedness and response in major emergencies and disasters. The theme for the course is crisis management as a part of the societal safety research with a special emphasis on handling disasters. Students will become familiar with the most recent research on the foundations of societal safety research and the crisis management perspective. The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with different aspects of crisis management in major crises, and to discuss this in relation to their own research projects. During this course, student will draw on the interdisciplinary nature of crisis management to explore current and emerging trends and national and international approaches, as well as the key concepts and perspectives that underpin contemporary practice.

Faculty involved:

The faculty involved in the course is research group “Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management” within the Marketing, Organization and Management Division at Nord University Business School. Associate professor Natalia Andreassen, associate professor Ensieh Roud and Professor Odd Jarl Borch will be involved in teaching activities. In addition, guest professors will be invited from universities that are well-known within crisis management research field.

Themes covered:

  • Foundations of societal safety research
  • Contextualizing risk and the unknown
  • Crisis management perspectives
  • Crise as wicked problems
  • Cooperation and governance within crisis management
  • The structuring of inter-organizational collaboration to crisis response
  • Publishing within safety science and crisis management


Admitted to a PhD program or have the qualifications to be admitted to a PhD program. Must fulfil the English language requirements. Applicants from Nord University are prioritized.

Learning outcomes:

After successfully completing the course, the participants will:


  • Have a good understanding of the forefront of knowledge on crisis management and its relations to the disaster management and societal safety literature
  • Have a good overview of relevant theories and current debates on crisis management, including dealing with the unknown or wicked problems, and be able to evaluate their expediency related to specific research questions
  • Have a good understanding of knowledge gaps and central debates related to crisis management and be able to assess how they relate to their own Ph.D. work
  • Have the scientific platform to critically evaluate scientific research on crisis management according to current theoretical methodological standards.


  • Be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge and interpretation within the field of crisis management
  • Be able to critically discuss, evaluate and position own research with the various theoretical perspectives related to crisis management
  • Be able to apply one or more research streams within crisis management to a research topic of relevance for the Ph.D. student’s own work

General competence

  • Have increased their ability to reflect on and consider theoretical problems in a general sense in research
  • Have increased their ability to communicate (in writing and orally) problems, analyses, and results to colleagues
This is an intensive course divided in two parts, individual study and group effort. Individual study is required prior to and after the course. The course integrates lectures by experts in the field and discussions of the course literature by the participants. During the course students participate in plenary sessions, smaller group sessions where they present and receive feedback on their own work, and contribute to the discussion of their peer students’ work. The plenary sessions will include questions and dialogue and there will be good opportunities for informal discussions among participants and faculty.
Active participation in the form of presentations and discussions (written and oral) on selected articles during the course is compulsory. The individual draft research paper delivered before (4-5 pages), and the full paper (15-25 pages, 1.5 line space, approximately 8000 words) delivered after the course will be evaluated by the grades ‘passed’ or ‘non-passed’.