Åre Risk Event 2019 was held March 26-28 at the Holiday Club Hotel in Åre, Sweden.
This year’s conference theme was
Risk Assessment and Crisis Preparedness 2025
Recent discourse in Sweden has focused on a hitherto undiscussed, and therefore new for this context, set of risks and crises. These are global events that translate into local crises. In Sweden, these are exemplified by the large forest fires that have recently plagued the country to an unprecedent degree. These are often tied to climate change. What is more, large flows of migrants that affect local communities in Sweden are the consequences of war and social unrest in countries abroad. An additional threat that is increasingly becoming prevalent is tied to technological advances and digitization. It concerns foreign intervention in national elections, or more generally, the spread of false narratives.
These issues pose new challenges to societal crisis preparedness. These challenges concern areas such as the relationship between global processes and local effects and the local communities as a resource for sustainability, preparedness, and crisis management.
Åre Risk Event aims at gathering researchers, practitioners, and delegates of private, public, and volunteer organizations for the exchange of knowledge and experiences.
The conference is organized by the Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR) at Mid Sweden university.