Risk Governance State-of-Affair Across Swedish Interdependent Infrastructures

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Abstract

Society is highly dependent on services such as electricity, communication, and transportation. Furthermore, the critical infrastructures (CIs) that provide these services are highly interdependent through a number of physical, economic and organizational links. In this context, a holistic perspective on risk is essential to avoid suboptimal interventions and risk-related blind spots. Here, fragmented knowledge constitutes a great challenge as it calls for collaboration and information-sharing across CIs. This study explores four governance-related themes in a Swedish context: interdependencies, responsibility, collaboration and information-sharing. The aim of the study is to identify barriers and opportunities for governance of risks across CIs, and to give guidance towards future research. The study focuses on three technical infrastructure sectors: electronic communication, transportation, and energy. To explore these sectors, two complementary studies were carried out: (1) a document analysis, and (2) an interview study. Apart from summarizing the findings from the four studied themes, we have identified five cross-cutting findings that could inform directions of future research. These findings include: (1) silo-structures are present in the studied context, (2) `windows of opportunity' is a dominant driver of the current work, (3) responsibility for resilience tends to be shifted away from the own organization, (4) key individuals, not organizations, are perceived to be seminal for successful cross-sector work, and (5) many different incentives exist and it is unclear how they interplay.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th European Safety and Reliability Conference and the 15th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference
EditorsPiero Baraldi, Francesco Di Maio, Enrico Zio
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherResearch Publishing Services
Pages4194-4201
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-14-8593-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event30th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2020 and 15th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference, PSAM15 2020 - Venice, Italy
Duration: 2020 Nov 12020 Nov 5

Conference

Conference30th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2020 and 15th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference, PSAM15 2020
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityVenice
Period2020/11/012020/11/05

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Infrastructure Engineering
  • Business Administration

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