Visiting Harstad and Tromsø

For those attending the 4th UiT  Societal Security workshop and staying a few extra days before or after, spending some time at the cities of Harstad and Tromsø can be a wonderful opportunity to experience two unique northern Norway cities.

From experiencing the majestic northern lights or aurora borealis, the stunning Arctic nature and wildlife or a wide variety of attractions and winter activities in both cities, your trip can be an unforgettable experience.

For more information about the cities of Harstad and Norway and what to do and see, please click:


Registration to the 4th Societal Security workshop can be done by sending an e-mail to the workshop coordinators, Johana Montalvan Castilla: or  Bjarte Rød:

Registration opens on August 10, 2019. Upon registration, you will receive an e-mail confirming that you are welcome to attend. Seats are limited, so early registration is highly encouraged!


Speakers at the IV Societal Security workshop

As previous years, this year’s workshop will feature scholars and experts in the field of Societal Security and Safety. We are honoured to share that this year, there will be three main speakers holding seminars during the first day of the workshop:

Prof. Dr. Christian Webersik

Christian Webersik is a professor of Development Studies at the Department of Global Development and Planning at the University of Agder (UiA), Norway. Currently, Webersik is a research scientist at the Disaster Research Unit at the Freie University, Berlin. Webersik is also deputy director of the Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM), University of Agder (UiA). Before joining UiA, he was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science – United Nations University (JSPS-UNU) Postdoctoral Fellow at United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). Before that, he was a Fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University hosted by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). He holds a D.Phil. in politics and international relations from Oxford University.

Dr. Kerstin Eriksson

Kerstin Eriksson is a researcher at RISE, Sweden. Her work is in the areas of crisis and disaster management and focuses on aspects such as learning, resilience, preparedness and organisation. Kerstin’ work is interdisciplinary  and currently she conducts research within three different but closely connected areas: (1) Crisis preparedness and resilience, (2) Organization of volunteers during crisis, particularly focusing on the forest fire in Västmanland, Sweden in 2014 and the multiple forest fires in Sweden during the summer of 2018 (3) Climate adaptation, focusing on sustainable distribution of responsibility for climate change adaptation, with flooding as the main case.

MSSc. Ørjan Karlsson  

Ørjan Karlsson works as a specialist director at the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection. He has extensive experience on international crisis management and preparedness through the UN, NATO and EU. Karlsson also has 7 years of military experience, including experience in international operations. He holds a master’s degree in sociology and is a member of the Crisis Response Journals advisory board.

Welcome to the IV Societal Security workshop!

The Societal Security workshop at UiT The Arctic University of Norway has become an annual tradition and this year it will address the topic of International and cross-border cooperation in emergency management.

The 4th Societal Security workshop is scheduled from 5 – 6 November 2019 in Harstad, Norway. It is organized by the Societal Security, Safety, Engineering, Environment and Emergency preparedness Research Group (RG) that is under the Department of Technology and Safety at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.

Since 2016, the RG organizes an international Societal Security workshop once a year. Here, leading scholars in the field, external project partners and participants, staff members and students come together in order to promote and benefit from knowledge sharing and cooperation.