Minna Lundgren

Universitetslektor|Senior Lecturer

Minna Lundgren holds a PhD in sociology from 2016 . She is a member of the Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR) and responsible for scientific development of the RCR Simulation Lab.
Since 2018, Lundgren is a member of the Ethical Review Authority division for non-medical research in Umeå.


In 2016 Lundgren defended her dissertation 'Boundaries of Displacement: Belonging and Return Among Forcibly Displaced Young Georgians from Abkhazia'. In her dissertation, Lundgren focused on experiences of protracted displacement among young Georgians IDPs from Abkhazia. She used both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore understanding issues of belonging and return among young people with few or no experiences from Abkhazia, where armed conflicts broke out in the early 1990s.

Lundgren has also experience from several research projects where local community integration was studied with a focus on housing and labor market issues.

In spring 2018, together with colleagues from the RCR, she completed a study funded by MSB (the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency), where risk communication in eight different EU countries' was studied and compared.

Minna Lundgren has a bachelors degree in Social Work. She has several years of experience in both research and practice in social work. Lundgren has previously worked with development cooperation with universities in northwestern Russia.

Area of interest

In her research Lundgren focuses on issues of risk, communication, and migration.


In her present research, mainly conducted within the project "Humans, measures and resilience: New ways of studying risk communication, responsibility and preparedness" Lundgren is studying information needs among the heterogeneous Swedish population in relation to extreme weather events, terrorism and violent incidents, and hybrid warfare and desinformation. An additional aim within the project is to investigate perceptions among the public when it comes to their responsibility to prepare for and mitigate crises. Data is collected through focus groups, interviews, a national survey in collaboration with Sweden Statistics, and experiments in the RCR Simulation Lab.

Minna Lundgren started her postdoctoral project "From communication to action in heterogeneous society: understanding and implementing risk communication in practice" in April 2018. Communicating about risks constitutes an important part of a society's crisis prevention work. How well risk communication can reach the public has a great impact on how people can manage with different crises and hazards. The purpose of the project is to study risk communication in heterogeneous and complex environments based on a recipient perspective, with a focus on how different groups of recipients understand and act in relation to the risks communicated. The project is funded by the Swedish Civil Protection and Emergency Agency (MSB).

Lundgren has also been involved in several projects focusing sustainable housing solutions for newly arrived refugees and migrants, one of them being HåSa - Sustainable Social Building, funded by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

Teaching and tutoring

Her teaching spans from introductory courses in Sociology to undergraduate courses in leadership, intersectionality and working life, sociological methods and graduate courses in ethics, and graduate courses in research ethics.

Minna Lundgren has over ten years of experience of supervision of undergraduate students in Sociology. She has also previous experience from supervision and teaching courses in the bachelors program in Social Work (social law, disability, organization theory, migration and integration).

Other information

Minna Lundgren presently leads the project Risk and crisis management education for a safer Ukraine (SAFE Ukraine) in collaboration with the Department of Sociology at Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine. The project is funded by the Swedish Institute 

Extra contact information

Trust and Risk Assessment in Relation to the Novel Coronavirus

From communication to action in heterogeneous societies (in Swedish)

Minna Lundgren at Natural Hazards Center


Articles in journals

Silvast, A. , Kongsager, R. , Lehtonen, T. , Lundgren, M. & Virtanen, M. (2021). Critical infrastructure vulnerability : a research note on adaptation to climate change in the Nordic countries. Geografisk tidsskrift, vol. 121: 1, pp. 79-90.    

Petridou, E. , Danielsson, E. , Olofsson, A. , Lundgren, M. & Große, C. (2019). If Crisis or War Comes : A Study of Risk Communication of Eight European Union Member States. Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research, vol. 2: 2, pp. 207-232.    

Kolmodin, S. , Lundgren, M. & Andersson, C. (2019). Preparing for climate change and hazards : Individual houseowners trust in local authorities and private entrepreneurs. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 41  

Lundgren, M. (2018). Riskscapes : Strategies and practices along the Georgian-Abkhazian boundary line and inside Abkhazia. Journal of Borderlands Studies, vol. 33: 4, pp. 637-654.  

Lundgren, M. (2016). Place matters : return intentions among forcibly displaced young Georgians from Abkhazia living in Tbilisi and Zugdidi. Caucasus survey, vol. 4: 2, pp. 129-148.  

Lundgren, M. (2014). Avlägsen tillhörighet: Om skapande och upprätthållande av platstillhörighet bland georgiska internflyktingar från Abkhazien : Distant belongings: On the maintaining and creation of place attachment among Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia. Nordisk Østforum, vol. 28: 3, pp. 215-237.

Perlinski, M. , Blom, B. , Morén, S. & Lundgren, M. (2011). The dialectics between specialization and integration : Politicians' and managers' views on forms of organization in the Swedish social services. Administration in Social Work, vol. 35: 1, pp. 60-87.

Morén, S. , Blom, B. , Lundgren, M. & Perlinski, M. (2010). Specialisering eller integration? : En studie av socialarbetares syn på arbetsvillkor och insatser i tre organisationsformer. Socialvetenskaplig Tidskrift, : 2, pp. 189-209.

Lundgren, M. , Blom, B. , Morén, S. & Perlinski, M. (2009). Från integrering till specialisering : om organisering av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg 1988-2008. Socialvetenskaplig Tidskrift, : 2, pp. 162-183.

Articles, book reviews

Lundgren, M. (2020). The Dynamics of Identity Negotiation in a Border Region: The Case of Georgian Azeri-Turks of Kvemo Kartli : Recension av Karli-Jo T. Storms avhandling.. Nordisk Østforum, vol. 34, pp. 128-130.    

Chapters in books

Wikström, E. , Eriksson, M. & Lundgren, M. (2023). Bostad för alla : Socialt hållbar bostadsförsörjning för nyanlända flyktingar. In Socialtjänstens arbete med social hållbarhet : Insatser på individ-, grupp- och samhällsnivå. Lund : Studentlitteratur AB. pp. 215-232.

Lundgren, M. (2021). Krigets kulturarv : Om gränser, gränsskapande och språk. In Kritiska studier av kulturarv och museala praktiker : en tvärvetenskaplig mötesplats. Sundsvall : Mittuniversitetet (Genusstudier vid Mittuniversitetet). pp. 117-125.  

Lundgren, M. & Jonsson, U. (2020). Akademin som arbetsplats : hierarkier, ojämlikheter och trakasserier och hur dessa hanteras. In Genusrelaterat våld, trakasserier och diskriminering : ett globalt problem i lokal kontext. Sundsvalk : Mittuniversitetet (Genusstudier vid Mittuniversitetet). pp. 63-72.

Bexelius, J. , Sjöstedt, A. & Lundgren, M. (2020). Hållbar kolonisering eller avkolonisering?. In Kulturell hållbarhet- vad är det? : Om begreppets innehåll, användning och vetenskapliga relevans. Stockholm : Makadam Förlag. pp. 152-157.

Lundgren, M. , Sjöstedt Landén, A. , Olofsson, A. , Lexhagen, M. & Jonsson, U. (2016). #miunjubfest - att berätta en historia och att skriva historien. In Makten att berätta: om tal och tystnad i tid och rum. Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University (Genusstudier vid Mittuniversitetet). pp. 24-31.  

Lundgren, M. (2016). Röster om krig. In Makten att berätta: om tal och tystnad i tid och rum. Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University (Genusstudier vid Mittuniversitetet). pp. 93-104.  

Lundgren, M. (2015). Crossing the border : An intergenerational study on belonging and temporary return among IDPs from Abkhazia. In Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region. Bern, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien : Peter Lang Publishing Group (Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe). pp. 229-248.  

Conference papers

Klinga, M. & Lundgren, M. (2023). Understandings of disinformation in the Swedish heterogeneous society : experiences and vulnerabilities. Paper presented at the ESA RN22 & ISA TG04 Midterm Conference 2023, Danish Sociological Association, University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark October 26-27, 2023

Bäck, H. , Lundgren, M. & Jonsson, U. (2023). Universitetens ansvar när män utsätter kvinnor för våld. Paper presented at the Nationell paperkonferens i socialt arbete, NaPSa 2023. Stockholm, Sverige, Mars 22-23, 2023

Lundgren, M. (2018). Micro-Level Research in the Unresolved Conflict Zone : Methodological and Ethical Implications. Paper presented at the Association for Nationalities Studies World Convention 2018, New York, May 3-4 2018

Lundgren, M. & Lidén, G. (2018). Not in my backyard : Integration and xenophobia in a local housing project in Östersund. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Risk Analysis Europe, Östersund, June 18-20, 2018

Petridou, E. , Danielsson, E. , Große, C. , Lundgren, M. , Olofsson, A. & Röslmaier, M. (2018). Risk Communication : A Comparative Study of Eight EU Countries. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Risk Analysis Europe (SRA-E Conference 2018), Östersund, Sweden, June 18–20 2018.

Lundgren, M. (2017). Welcome Refugees? Syrian Repatriates in Abkhazia. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), New York, May 3-5, 2017

Lundgren, M. (2016). Borders as Spaces of Risk : Power and Otherness along the Georgian-Abkhazian Boundary Line. Paper presented at the The Association for the Study of Nationalities 2016 World Convention,New York, USA,14-16 april,2016

Lundgren, M. (2016). Riskscapes: Strategies and Practices along the Georgian-Abkhazian Boundary Line. Paper presented at the ASN European Conference: Europe, Nations and Insecurity: Challenges to Identities, Kaunas, Lithuania, 30 June – 2 July, 2016

Lundgren, M. (2016). Tourism in Contested Abkhazia: Internal Peace and External Challenges. Paper presented at the The 8th Kinneret International Tourism Conference: Tourism as a Peace Promoter among People and Countries: Vision or Reality?, January 12, 2016, Tiberias, Israel

Lundgren, M. (2015). Everyday life and risk in an unresolved conflict zone : the case of Abkhazia. Paper presented at the Mapping the Field – Research on Crisis and War, Nordic PhD Conference, Stockholm, September 17, 2015

Lundgren, M. (2015). Everyday life and risk in unrecognized space. Paper presented at the CBEES Annual Conference: Places and non-places of modernity: Movement, memory and imagination in contemporary Europe, December 3-4, 2015

Lundgren, M. (2014). Distant Belongings : On Maintaining and Creation of Attachment to a Place Distant in Time and Space. Paper presented at the Joint Regional Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), May 22-24, 2014

Lundgren, M. (2014). Personal risk perception and experiences of risk among Georgian youth in Gali district, Abkhazia. Paper presented at the De-facto Entities in the Post-Soviet Space: Dynamics and Prospects, 4-5 September 2014, Sevan, Armenia

Lundgren, M. (2013). Crossing  the  Border : An Intergenerational Study on Belonging and Temporary Returns among Internally Displaced from Abkhazia. Paper presented at the European Border Studies Conference: Mapping Conceptual Change in Thinking European Borders, Bergamo, Italy, July 3-5, 2013

Lundgren, M. (2012). Crossing the Border : An Inter-generational Study on Belonging and Temporary Return among IDPs from Abkhazia. Paper presented at the Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region, Istanbul, 11-13 October, 2012

Doctoral theses

Lundgren, M. (2016). Boundaries of displacement : Belonging and Return among Forcibly Displaced Young Georgians from Abkhazia. Dis. (Comprehensive summary) Östersund : Mittuniversitetet, 2016 (Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis : 250)  


Lundgren, M. (2017). Rasism mot samer på SVT Jämtlands Facebooksida. Östersund.  


Bäck, H. , Lundgren, M. & Jonsson, U. (2023). Svenska lärosätens ansvar vid mäns våld mot kvinnor och våld i nära relationer. Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University (Studies in Social Work and Welfare 2023:1).  

Lundgren, M. (2022). Från kommunikation till handling i det heterogena samhället : Att förstå och omsätta riskkommunikation i praktiken. Karlstad : Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (MSB)    

Olausson, P. M. , Ahrens Kayayan, V. , Alirani, G. , Danielsson, E. , Lundgren, M. , Mujezinovic, D. , Petersson, F. & Öhman, S. (2021). Sandvikens kommun – Hanteringen av Corona-pandemin våren 2020. Östersund : Mittuniversitetet  

Danielsson, E. , Petridou, E. , Lundgren, M. , Olofsson, A. , Große, C. & Röslmaier, M. (2020). Risk Communication : A Comparative Study of Eight EU Countries. MSB  

Bellman, L. , Ekholm, S. , Giritli Nygren, K. , Hemmingsson, O. , Jarnkvist, K. , Kvarnlöf, L. , Lundgren, M. , Olofsson, A. & et al. (2016). Climate Change, Insurance, and Households : A Literature Review. Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University (RCR Working Paper Series 2016:2).  

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