Jörgen Sparf

Docent|Associate Professor

  • Tjänstetitel: Docent
  • Akademisk titel: Docent
  • Annan titel: PhD, MA, MFA
  • Ansvarsområde: Director of the RCR Lab, www.miun.se/en/rcr-lab
  • Avdelning: Institutionen för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap (HSV)
  • Telefon arbete: +46 (0)10-1428276
  • E-postadress: jorgen.sparf@miun.se
  • Rumsnummer: P3205
  • Ort: Östersund
  • Forskningscentra: Risk and Crisis Research Centre
  • Anställd vid ämnet: Sociologi

Jörgen Sparf is an associate professor of Sociology at Mid Sweden University. He is a founding member of the Risk and Crisis Research Centre, www.miun.se/en/rcr.

Jörgen is Sweden's appointed representative in the European Science and Technology Advisory Group of the United Nations office for Disaster Risk Reduction (https://www.preventionweb.net/organizations/27123). He also represents the Risk and Crisis Research Centre in the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes, GADRI (http://gadri.net).


Jörgen's theoretical interests are relational sociology, organization theory, social networks, and theories pertaining to disaster, resilience, and vulnerability and capacity. He mainly conducts empirical research in the broad field of crisis and disaster studies, such as social network analysis, critical resilience studies, and vulnerability and capacity issues.


Jörgen has been involved in a large number of projects and is currently the PI/project leader for the following research projects:

Title: Resilience in Sweden: Governing, Social Networks and Learning
Budget: 2.5 Million Euro
Funder: The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Running time: 2018–2022
Website: www.miun.se/en/rcr/RISE

Title: Strengthening University-Enterprise Collaboration for
Resilient Communities in Asia (SECRA)
Budget: 1 Million Euro
Funder: ERASMUS+ of the European Commission
Running time: 2021–2023
Website: www.drrcollab.org

A significant achievement in Jörgen's career is the unique immersive environment RCR Simulation Lab. He was the project manager for the EU-funded development of the lab and act director still. You can find more information on the website www.miun.se/en/rcr-lab.

Since 2022, Jörgen has been working part-time at Studio Apertura, NTNU Social Research in Trondheim, Norway, where he is involved in three projects: RISKY, CORNER and FIRE21. Please find more information at https://samforsk.no/studio-apertura.


With close to 20 years at the university, Jörgen has extensive experience as a supervisor and instructor on all university levels. He has taught sociological theory, social network analysis, critical thinking, and methods. His teaching in applied fields has mainly been on organisation, leadership, risk and crisis management.

Jörgen currently supervises three doctoral researchers:

Olov Hemmingsson, on his project researching risk regulation regimes in the case of head injuries in Swedish ice hockey (2017-).
Sophie Kolmodin, on her research of civil society organisations in the field of immigrant reception and social resilience (2018-).
Simone Grännsjö, on her studies of policies to combat radicalisation and violent extremism on a local level (2021-).

Jörgen has supervised one student to completion: Dr Per Becker, professor at Lund University.

Jörgen has held administrative positions as Programme Director and Director of Studies for 15 years. He is the founder of the undergraduate programme in risk and crisis management at Mid Sweden University.

Above his PhD and MA in sociology, Jörgen holds a teachers degree, Master of Fine Arts and Education, from Lund University, with the clarinet as his principal instrument.


Jörgen is the director of the RCR Simulation Lab www.miun.se/en/rcr-lab.


Artiklar i tidskrifter

Zahariadis, N. , Exadaktylos, T. , Sparf, J. , Petridou, E. , Kyriakidis, A. & Papadopoulos, I. (2022). Assessing the effectiveness of public health interventions for Covid‐19 in Greece and Cyprus. European Policy Analysis, vol. 8: 3, ss. 345-359.    

Sparf, J. , Petridou, E. , Granberg, M. , Becker, P. & Onn, B. (2022). Pandemic responses at the subnational level : Exploring politics, administration, and politicization in Swedish municipalities. European Policy Analysis, vol. 8: 3, ss. 327-344.  

Sparf, J. (2021). Jeffrey C. Alexander, What Makes a Social Crisis? The Societalization of Social Problems. International Review of Public Policy, vol. 3: 3  

Petridou, E. , Becker, P. & Sparf, J. (2021). Policy Entrepreneurs in Public Administration : A Social Network Analysis. Politics and Policy, vol. 49: 2, ss. 414-445.    

Zahariadis, N. , Petridou, E. , Exadaktylos, T. & Sparf, J. (2021). Policy styles and political trust in Europe’s national responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Policy Studies,  

Sparf, J. , Petridou, E. , Skog, F. , Kolmodin, S. & Ljungdahl, J. (2019). Experimental Design in Teaching Crisis and Emergency Management in Social Sciences : The Case of the RCR Lab at Mid Sweden University. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, vol. 37: 1, ss. 92-100.

Sparf, J. (2019). Interfaces in temporary multi-organizations in routine emergency management : The case of Stockholm. Safety Science, vol. 118: October 2019, ss. 702-708.  

Sparf, J. & Petridou, E. (2018). Collaborations in Routine Emergency Management : Lessons from Sweden. Procedia Engineering, vol. 212, ss. 302-308.    

Petridou, E. & Sparf, J. (2017). For safety’s sake : the strategies of institutional entrepreneurs and bureaucratic reforms in Swedish crisis management, 2001–2009. Policy & Society, vol. 36: 4, ss. 556-574.    

Sparf, J. (2016). Disability and Vulnerability : Interpretations of Risk in Everyday Life. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, vol. 24: 4, ss. 244-252.  

Guiliani, L. , Revez, A. , Sparf, J. , Jayasena, S. & Faber, M. H. (2016). SOCIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF DISASTER RESILIENCE. International Journal of Strategic Property Management, vol. 20: 3, ss. 277-290.  

Faber, M. H. , Guiliani, L. , Revez, A. , Jayasena, S. , Sparf, J. & Mendez, J. M. (2014). Interdisciplinary Approach to Disaster Resilience Education and Research. Procedia Economics and Finance, vol. 18, ss. 601-609.    

Sparf, J. & Öhman, S. (2014). On Risk and Disability : Investigating the Influence of Disability and Social Capital on the Perception and Digital Communication of risk. Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response, vol. 4: 1, ss. 20-33.

Doktorsavhandlingar, sammanläggningar

Sparf, J. (2014). Tillit i samhällsskyddets organisation : Om det sociala gränssnittet i risk- och krishantering mellan kommunen och funktionshindrade. Diss. (Sammanläggning) Östersund : Mittuniversitetet, 2014 (Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis : 202)  

Kapitel i böcker, del av antologier

Sparf, J. (2022). Norwegian Corporatism : A Centripetal National Response to the Pandemic. I Policy Styles and Trust in the Age of Pandemics : Global Threat, National Responses. Routledge (Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy). S. 119-133.

Zahariadis, N. , Petridou, E. , Exadaktylos, T. & Sparf, J. (2022). Policy Styles and Policy Making During Times of Crisis. I Policy Styles and Trust in the Age of Pandemics : Global Threat, National Responses. Routledge (Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy). S. 17-38.

Zahariadis, N. , Petridou, E. , Exadaktylos, T. & Sparf, J. (2022). The Politics of National Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I Policy Styles and Trust in the Age of Pandemics : Global Threat, National Responses. Routledge (Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy). S. 3-16.

Petridou, E. , Sparf, J. & Pihl, K. (2020). Resilience work in Swedish local governance : Evidence from the areas of climate change adaptation, migration, and violent extremism. I Understanding Disaster Risk : A Multidimensional Approach. Amsterdam : Elsevier. S. 225-238.  

Sparf, J. (2016). Kunskap och övningar för resiliens. I Katastrofriskreducering : Perspektiv, praktik, potential. Lund : Studentlitteratur AB. S. 385-412.

Sparf, J. (2015). Trust as an Opportunity in Public Risk and Crisis Management. I At the Crossroads of Crisis and Opportunity : Interdisciplinary Conversations. Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Sparf, J. (2013). The Risk and Crisis Management Relation between Local Authorities and Disabled People. I Finding Opportunities in Crises. Oxford : Inter-disciplinary.net (Probing the Boundaries). S. 139-148.

Sparf, J. (2013). Trust As An Element Of Public Risk And Crisis Management. I Finding opportunities in crisis. Oxford : Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Sparf, J. (2009). Funktionshindrade och risker. I Risker i det moderna samhället : Samhällsvetenskapliga perspektiv. Lund : Studentlitteratur. S. 217-236.

Sparf, J. (2009). Organisering av riskhantering. I Risker i det moderna samhället : Samhällsvetenskapliga perspektiv. Lund : Studentlitteratur. S. 139-168.

Sparf, J. (2009). Risk ur ett systemteoretiskt perspektiv. I Risker i det moderna samhället : Samhällsvetenskapliga perspektiv. Lund : Studentlitteratur. S. 121-138.


Petridou, E. , Becker, P. & Sparf, J. (2019). Entrepreneurial Bureaucrats : A Social Network Analysis of Lomma and Staffanstorp Municipalities, Sweden. I Proceedings.

Petridou, E. , Becker, P. & Sparf, J. (2019). Policy entrepreneurs and flood risk mitigation in Sweden : A structural analysis. I Proceedings.

Pihl, K. & Sparf, J. (2018). RCR Lab - Enhanced Learning In A Virtual And Physical Immersion Classroom, Part Of Producing Innovative Research For Regional Development. I 12Th International Technology, Education And Development Conference (Inted). (INTED Proceedings). S. 5298--5298.

Sparf, J. & Samor, L. (2017). Journeying Rurality - Individuals' Perspectives On Space And Place In The Scandinavian Inland. I INTED Proceedings.. S. 6873-

Danielsson, E. , Sparf, J. & Hemmingsson, O. (2017). Producing knowledge about extreme situations. Paper presented at the 3rd International Workshop Doing Reserach In Extreme Contest: What can be learned? IAE Paris Sorbonne Graduate Business School 10-20 of October 2017

Sparf, J. & Petridou, E. (2017). Virtual And Physical Immersion Classroom For Enhanced Learning In The Behavioural And Social Sciences. I INTED2017: 11TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE. (INTED Proceedings). S. 6835-

Sparf, J. & Petridou, E. (2015). Tidal wave: critical junctures, political agency and the shift of crisis management policy in Sweden, 2004-2009. I NEEDS - The First Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies. University of Copenhagen, December 9-11, 2015.

Danielsson, E. & Sparf, J. (2014). Multi-organizational collaboration - A workshop experiment on how different professionals view an incident. I Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014.. S. 192--195.

Sparf, J. (2013). The risk and crisis management relation between local authorities and disabled people. Paper presented at the Amsterdam Risk Conference

Sparf, J. (2013). The risk and crisis management relation between local authorities and disabled people. Paper presented at the OPPORTUNITY IN CRISIS Finding Benefits in Difficult Life Events

Sparf, J. (2007). Personal immobility in crises : GPMS - Göteborg Public Management Seminar - on risk and leadership.

Sparf, J. (2007). Risk, Disability and Resources : Sociologi i Sverige i Samtiden. Sveriges Sociologförbund.

Sparf, J. & Öhman, S. (2006). Resources and risk perception : XVI ISA World Congress of Sociology, Durban, South Africa, 23-29 July 2006.

Sparf, J. & Öhman, S. (2006). Risk perception among disabled people in Sweden: The role of social involvement and resources : New Perspectives on Risk Communication Uncertainty in a Complex Society. A Multi-Disciplinary International Research Conference. 31 August - 2 September, 2006 Göteborg, Sweden..

Sparf, J. (2006). Riskteoretiska perspektiv : Sveriges sociologförbunds årsmöteskonferens "Staden och Östeuropa".

Sparf, J. (2005). Information in times of chaos. I European Sociological Association, "Rethinking inequalities" Torun, Poland, 9 - 13 September, 2005.


Sparf, J. , Petridou, E. , Granberg, M. & Onn, B. (2021). Kommunal organisering av pandemirespons : En realtidsstudie av lokal resiliens. MSB  

Sparf, J. & Petridou, E. (2021). Sweden Country Report. Stavanger : Universitetet i Stavanger (Rapporter fra UiS 98).  

Petridou, E. , Sparf, J. , Jochem, S. & Hustedt, T. (2021). Sweden Report : Sustainable Governance in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis. Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung (Sustainable Governance Indicators ).    

Sparf, J. , Petridou, E. , Landgren, J. & Lyckvi, S. (2019). Larmoperatörskluster: Organisering för samverkan i vardag och kris. Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap  

Sparf, J. & Petridou, E. (2019). Resilience in Practice : A Survey of Recent European Union Projects. (RCR Working Paper Series 2019:4).  

Sparf, J. & Migliorini, M. (2019). Socioeconomic and data challenges : Disaster risk reduction in Europe. Geneva : United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction    

Sparf, J. , Amaratunga, D. , Faber, M. , Haigh, R. , Indirli, M. , Kaklauskas,, A. , Lill, I. , Perdikou, S. & et al. (2015). Disaster Resilience Education and Research. Roadmap for Europe 2030.    

Sparf, J. (2015). Individens förmåga att ta ansvar för sin egen säkerhet : Särskilt utsatta grupper. Karlstad : Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap    

Danielsson, E. , Sparf, J. , Karlsson, R. & Oscarsson, O. (2015). Sektorsövergripande samverkan vid kriser. Östersund : Mittuniversitetet (RCR Working Paper Series 2015:2).  

Danielsson, E. , Sparf, J. , Olof, O. & Karlsson, R. (2015). Sektorsövergripande samverkan vid kriser. Karlstad : (MSB Rapportserie MSB894).  

Demarin, E. , Danielsson, E. , Eliasson, L. , Johansson, R. , Olofsson, A. , Sparf, J. & Öhman, S. (2010). Samhällsvetenskapliga perspektiv på risk och kris : Uppfattning, kommunikation och organisation..  

Samlingsverk (redaktör)

Zahariadis, N. (ed.) , Petridou, E. (ed.) , Exadaktylos, T. (ed.) & Sparf, J. (ed.) (2022). Policy Styles and Trust in the Age of Pandemics : Global Threat, National Responses. Routledge (Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy ).

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