To evaluate and communicate risk and safety in a heterogeneous society (ROHS I)

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This project studies how risk, safety and accidents are perceived, valued and assessed by different groups in society. The aim is not only to identify the individual citizen's valuation and estimation, but above all from such studies allow for preventive work in concrete situations. 

The collection of data was done primarily through a large survey that was mailed out to about 3,000 people. The questionnaire was combined with focus group interviews in order to bridge the division that exists within risk research between the psychometric and cultural theory approach. 

Publications 

Olofsson, A. (2007). Kriskommunikation i ett heterogent samhälle lika för alla eller till var och en efter behov? Sociologisk forskning, : 3, ss. 6-29.

Olofsson, A. & Öhman, S. (2007). Views of risk in Sweden: Global fatalism and local control. An empirical investigation of Ulrich Beck's theory of modern risks. Journal of Risk Research, vol. 10: 2, ss. 177-196.

Wall, E. (2006). Att ta risker eller utsättas för dem: Om hur flickor i stad och landsbygd förhåller sig till hälsorelaterade risker. Locus : tidskrift för forskning om barn och ungdomar, : 4, ss. 13

Wall, E. (2007). 'Young People Making Sense of Risk' : An urban-rural perspective. Paper presented at the Mittseminarium.

Olofsson, A. & Öhman, S. (2007). Cosmopolitans and Locals: An empirical investigation of cosmopolitanism. Paper presented at the 7th ESA conference: Rethinking Inequalities, September 9-13, 2005, Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun.

Conference Papers 

Olofsson, A. , Öhman, S. & Rashid, S. (2005). 'Views of risk in late modernity: Do people's views of risk define our time?' Presented at the ISA conference: Environment, Knowledge and Democracy July 6-7, 2005, Faculty of sciences of Luminy, Marseille. And at the 7th ESA conference: Rethinking inequalities, September 9-13, 2005, Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun.

Sparf, J. (2005). 'Information in times of chaos'. Presented at the 7th ESA conference: Rethinking inequalities, September 9-13, 2005, Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun.

Sparf, J. & Öhman, S. (2006). 'Resources and risk perception'. Presented at the XVI ISA World Congress of Sociology: The Quality of Social Existence in a Globalising World, RC39: sociology of disasters, Durban, South Africa, July 23-29, 2006 

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

Wall, E & Olofsson, A. (2006). Young people making sense of risk: Gemeinschaft on the country-side and Gesellschaft in the city. Presented at the 9th Nordic Youth Research Information Symposium: Landscapes of youth, Södertörns University College, Stockholm.

Olofsson, A. & Öhman, S. (2007). Cosmopolitans and Locals: An empirical investigation of cosmopolitanism. Paper presented at the 7th ESA conference: Rethinking Inequalities, September 9-13, 2005, Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun.

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Practical information

Project dates
January 2004–June 2007

Participants
Dr. Anna Olofsson
Dr. Saman Rashid
Ph.D. candidate Jörgen Sparf
Ph.D. candidate Erika Wall
Dr. Susanna Öhman 

Reference Group
Professor Matthias Kohring (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany)
Åke Svensson (SRV)

External Research Funding
SEK 960,000 per year

Financier
Räddningsverket (nowadays Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)