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Management of risks in societal planning: An analysis of scope and variety of health, safety and security issues in municipality plan documents
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0293-1795
2006 (English)In: Safety Science, ISSN 0925-7535, Vol. 44, no 8, 675-688 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article is explorative and deals with the management of risk in conjunction with municipality planning of the physical environments in Sweden. The central research question was to investigate; “How are questions about risk issues treated in Swedish societal planning today?” Subject of investigation is a sample of municipal comprehensive master plan documents. The aim was to present a descriptive review of what risks regarding health, safety and security that are considered in a set of municipal comprehensive master plan documents prepared and adopted by Swedish municipalities. Additional aims are to describe how risks are dealt with (in what terms, extent and depth) and also to examine how risks are advocated to be handled in the future. Findings show that the plans include several visions, strategies and suggested improvements concerning risk-related issues, all aiming to create a healthier, safer and more secure municipality. However everyday risks in everyday surroundings attract less attention than disastrous risks with low probabilities and large consequences. Integration and management of risks is advocated to be further considered in more elaborated planning processes, but few plans specify how, when and with which participants. Few plans present a more philosophical discussion within their plans about different types of risks in society. Findings indicate further needs to examine and develop the planning process with regard to the management of risks from a broader variety of perspectives, and with special emphasis also on more “common threats”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 44, no 8, 675-688 p.
Keyword [en]
Built environment, Public health, Risk management, Safety, Security, Urban planning
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public Health Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-21260DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2006.03.001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-21260DiVA: diva2:594933
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2015-01-29Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Societal risk and safety management: Policy diffusion, management structures and perspectives at the municipal level in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Societal risk and safety management: Policy diffusion, management structures and perspectives at the municipal level in Sweden
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This compilation thesis investigates risk and safety management at the Swedish local governmentallevel. It sets special focus on municipal implementation of overall international and nationalstrategies and objectives regarding holistic, cross-sectorial and multi-strategic risk and safetywork, and the prevention of accidents and injuries.

The overall aim for this thesis have been to empirically map and provide an overview of theadministrative structures for, and the prevailing management perspectives applied in the societalrisk and safety management in Sweden, as well as to study the diffusion of strategic intentions forthis area down to the municipal level.

Three different sources constitute the thesis empirical base: two different set of official planningdocuments, written by Swedish municipal officials on commission of the local politiciansand one set of data from a survey investigation with municipal officials representing differentdepartments/functions. The documents were investigated using content analysis, while datafrom the survey were analyzed using statistical measures.

This thesis provides through its empirical works an outlook on the general characteristics andarchetypical features of the Swedish local level’s administrative structures and managementperspective on risk and safety management; and proposes a municipal typology and a set of valuecharacters for allocation and institutionalization of risk and safety-tasks. This thesis also suggestsa conceptual framework for overviewing risk and safety management’s systemic steering elementsin its framework report. Based on the findings made, it seems as if the local level’s compliance tothe strategic level’s ambitions for the risk and safety area is hindered by practical implementationdifficulties and that much work remains in order to reach stated strategic objectives regardingholistic, inter-sectorial and multi-strategic management approaches, and preventive risk andsafety work.

Abstract [en]

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The compilation thesis investigates Societal Risk and Safety Management (SRSM) at the Swedish local governmental level. It sets special focus on municipal implementation of overall international and national strategies and objectives regarding holistic, cross-sectorial and multi-strategic risk and safety work, and prevention of accidents/injuries and promotion of safety. Three different sources constitute the thesis empirical bases: two different sets of official governmental planning documents, written by Swedish municipal officials on commission of the local politicians and one set of data from a survey investigation with municipal officials (n=1283), representing different administrative departments/functions within different municipalities. The official documents were investigated using content analysis methodology, while data from the survey were analyzed using various statistical investigations. This thesis suggests a conceptual and systemic model for SRSM’s contextual and analytical elements, and provides through its empirical works an overview of management perspectives and administrative structures applied, and it proposes a municipal typology and a set of value characters for allocation and institutionalization of SRSM-tasks locally.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2013. 70 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2013:23
Keyword
societal risk and safety management, risk management, safety management, safety work, risk governance, policy implementation, planning, injury, accident, risk; safety, security, health, public health, prevention, promotion.
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Public Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27079 (URN)978-91-7063-500-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-01-24, Frödingsalen, 1B 364, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-11-08 Created: 2013-04-26 Last updated: 2013-11-14Bibliographically approved

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