Risk and Security Governance Studies within Baltic-Nordic Academic Communities of Practices (Risk-Net)

Spara favorit 9 sep september 2015

The aim of the Risk-Net project is to enhance risk and security governance capacities in the Baltic-Nordic region via the development of the Academic Community of Practices (network) in Risk and Security Governance and the interdisciplinary educational methodology based on digital integration in learning, teaching and training. 

In the framework of this project we will develop a collaborative network of partner higher education institutions (HEIs) aiming to consolidate fragmented knowledge, information and expertise in the area of risk and security governance. Each partner HEI has already developed very specific competence in the field of risk assessment and security governance that could be tied and integrated into curricula to strengthen governance capabilities in Baltic-Nordic region. The project integrates different competencies that come from different countries in the region. This collaborative network will serve as a source for education and research projects among the HEIs.

One of the key results of this network will be the development of interdisciplinary curricula in the area of risk and security governance. This curricula will be based on the regional issues and thus address the common challenges that the partner countries are facing. Within project risks and security issues are perceived in a societal context. Certain problems as global warming, shortage of energy resources, migration, religious insanity and terrorism with nuclear or biological weapons, etc. pose risks that are created by people living in societies.  Therefore risk and security governance splits into two fields of studies: risk prevention and security enforcement (crisis management). Curricula comprises of the set of modules from three risk and security governance areas: Assessing and understanding risks; Managing risks and security; Risk communication. These curricula will consist of modules developed by the HEIs based on the specific competencies and research expertise of each partner. Each module will be developed by an international and interdisciplinary team. Innovative teaching methods and blended learning technologies will be utilized for the development of curricula. Partner HEIs will be able to utilized developed curricula or separate modules based on the needs and specific target groups within their country. An open access (virtual) Risk Laboratory will encourage cooperation of researchers and trainers and will serve as a tool for exchange of information and results of research, statistical data, reports, scientific literature etc.


Jörgen Sparf, RCR,
Anna Olofsson, RCR,
Kaunas University of Technology,
The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania,
Tallinn University of Technology,
University of Stavanger,
University of Jyväskylä