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Studying societal resilience in Australia

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Dear readers,
Since one and a half months (and for the month to come) I am located in Brisbane, Australia, as a guest researcher at Griffith University. I am here in order to work on my postdoctoral research project entitled Societal Resilience: An international discourse analysis. The aim of the project, which was granted by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), is to conduct a comparative analysis, of how the notion of Community/Societal Resilience is (or is not) established as an object within a broader societal safety discourse, in Sweden, Australia and Brazil. The three countries are interestingly different in political governance as well as in the kind of challenges to societal safety and security that they face.

The questions that I ask are inspired by a Foucauldian archaeology and include:
What are the "conditions of possibility" behind the constitution of community/societal resilience as a discursive object in Sweden, Australia and Brazil?Which statements are…

Time for another learning lab

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Dear readers,

At last we have again assembled current, former and future students of human factors and systems safety in Lund to exchange ideas and be challenged by our master program founder Professor Sidney Dekker.

If you are not here I can only say I am sorry for you. The mix of academically challenging ideas and the pragmatic problems that our participants (from all sorts of varying industries and all over the world) face in their daily lives really create an environment which is best described by the label laboratory, or think tank.

We are only slightly passed lunch the first day, but we have already been dealing with the entire history of contemporary western society including the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Scientific Management, the notion of craftsmanship, and the behaviourist school of psychology. Yes, the theme is safety management and the ethical aspects of safety (from Human Error to Second Victim is the title of the lab) and if the connections are not clear make sure yo…

Time to apply for our MSc program in Human Factors & Systems Safety

Dear readers, it is autumn and again time to apply for our Master Program course starting in January 2014. In the Master Program in Human Factors and Systems Safety we currently have two parallel classes and we are aiming at accepting a new group starting in January. The application deadline is October 15 and the course will start with a five-day learning laboratory in Lund January 27-31. As a student you then follow our program over two years, mainly from a distance and at half-time pace in order for you to be able to keep working in your high-risk domain.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you might have prior to applying. Much more information is available at our program webpage.

Southern Sweden from a gyrocopter

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Dear readers, it is summer! So, let's not talk about work-related issues in this post. Let me instead show you the region that I live in; the very southern part of Sweden, a region called Skåne. As some of you know I fly gyrocopters in my spare-time.

The specific gyrocopter that I fly is a german construction, an open-cockpit gyro called MTO Sport. We fly it on an ultralight pilot licence, in Sweden meaning that our maximum takeoff weight is 450 kg. The autogyro principle is really smart: basically a rotating wing which autorotates against the airflow as the machine moves forward. To move it forward we use a conventional propeller (in our case located behind the pilots). The gyrocopter has several advantages and some challenges. The main advantage is that the machine does not stall! Without forward speed it will just start to descend. The rotating wing continues to rotate and the machine will start to descend (well, actually we can hover, but that requires a headwind of some 15 k…

Video and slides of my keynote at Velocity 2013 in Santa Clara

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Dear readers, last week I gave a keynote at Velocity, a conference focusing on web operations and performance. The keynote, entitled What, Where and When is risk in system design?, focused on the notion of risk from a more philosophical perspective outlining different frames of constructing risk applied to the domain of web operations and web performance.

The keynote was recorded and later also edited to also include the slides that I used. It is now published on YouTube, so here you go - a 26 minute introduction to the notion of risk:



If you would like to have a closer look at the slides, here is the presentation for you to click your way back and forth as you like (also available at my presentations page):


Connected to this keynote I also authored a blog post which was published by O'Reilley prior to the conference. Go check it out for more references connected to the concepts mentioned in the keynote.

I would also like to thank the participants at the conference for all your k…

Blog post for O'Reilly Programming

Dear readers,

This week O'Reilly Programming has published a blog post which I have written as a little teaser for my upcoming keynote at the Velocity Conference in Santa Clara (CA) on June 19.

The topic of the post is What is the risk that Amazon will go down (again)? with focus on the more epistemological question: what is risk?

Go check it out and please comment and/or share!

I am in Svalbard!

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Dear readers,

Not much activity here from me during this spring. But today I need to make one of my travel posts, because I am in Svalbard! Where is that, you might wonder? Well, basically it is as far from Lund as northern Africa - but in the other direction. This is the Norwegian settlement close to the North Pole where you need to bring a gun if you depart from the main city street (well, there is only one street here, so no need to call it the "main" street).
So, your next good question is why on earth did I go here?

I am here as a part of a Lund University delegation working for three days on finding areas of cooperation, within research and education, with the University of Tromsö and their Faculty of Science and Technology. Specifically we are working on areas of cooperation within aviation and human factors/systems safety. Our two universities  have previously cooperated in that Lund University School of Aviation has provided the practical pilot training for the pil…

When the safety discourse changes

Who is currently moving the Swedish patient safety discourse forward? Scientists? Politicians? The National Board of Health and Welfare? Patients? Below I will argue non of these. Instead I will argue for a Swedish patient safety discourse currently changing rapidly thanks to nurses, doctors and journalists. For the better? I will not make that call. At least not explicitly.

What is happening in Sweden at the moment is that the healthcare system in several regions go through a severe crisis. The explanatory accounts are many and interesting (we pay too little tax, the primary care is too limited in relation to the specialist care, the system just need to implement some lean production to become more efficient, with private care funded by tax money the tax money is actually transformed into profit leaving the country, etc.). Most stakeholders seem to agree that there are more patients than there are beds available, but the causal accounts are diverse.

What I find interesting in this c…

Another group of master students have begun their journey

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I have an awesome job! This week I am hosting the first learning laboratory for our new students in our Master Program in Human Factors & Systems Safety. The new students represent industries such as health service delivery, oil and gas, aviation, air traffic control, shipping, railway, and fire fighting. The diversity and level of student experience is what makes this program so fantastic to work with - I learn so much from these students!

Together with three colleagues who are former students in the program I am this week tossing theoretical notions from the safety sciences out in the room for the students to play with, mix with reality and toss back.

I am really looking forward to spending two years following these students. A journey for us all I think.

Below four pictures from the class room. The first two showing Hans Houtman introducing a case study this Monday morning. The second two show the result of yesterday's results of the students' understanding about the o…