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Security, crisis management, and the labour market – changing patterns and new professional roles?

P35-PI243: Thursday 14 June 14:30-16:30.

Keywords: Risk, security, crisis, crisis management, working life

During the past decades, socio-political structures, societal values and the security policy situation have altered significantly. All over the Western world, risks, threats and crisis situations are prominent features of the daily lives of citizens. Having experienced several terror attacks as well other forms of social, technical and natural disasters, the Nordic countries make no exception.

Traditionally, specialized professionals such as fire fighters, police and the military, as well as municipal leaders and crisis communicators have managed threats and crises on behalf of citizens. However, due to the character and increasing amount of risks and crises, strategies and actions for crisis preparedness and crisis management are expanding, partly embracing new actors and roles. As a consequence, occupational groups that have never been associated with crisis management may experience increasing demands on their professional roles. These changes require in-depth examination in order to create a sustainable situation for all actors on the labour market. This stream is interested in how these changes may influence experiences of these new roles and working conditions; demands on organization and leadership, and how these trends can be related to working life and the labour market.

Central questions are, but not limited to: Which kinds of actors and professionals may be affected, and which impact may these changes have on the individual, professional roles, the organization, and leadership? How can the interface between traditional security and crisis management actors on the one hand, and new actors and roles on the other, be understood? Which gendered images and patterns can be found? Which roles do civil society organizations play and how may the interaction with other crisis management and security actors be understood? How do these changing patterns of risk, crisis and security affect labour market and security policies, and which underlying assumptions do they contain?

Organizers/contact information:

Jennifer Hobbins, (Swedish Defence University)

Arita Holmberg, (Swedish Defence University)