Per Becker

Senior Lecturer, Reader, Knowledge Management & Accountability in Humanitarian Action, Regional Humanitarian Action Workshop, UNICEF (Thailand), Preparedness for Resilience, EAPRO Humanitarian Action Workshop, UNICEF (Thailand), Ethics Training, UNICEF (Fiji), Basic Training Course for Delegates, Swedish Red Cross (Sweden), Command, Control and Coordination (NATO/PfP), Russian Civil Defence Academy (Russia), SRSA Observer Course, CRISMART/SRSA (Sweden), High-level Coordination Course (EU), AKNZ (Germany), Operational Management Course (EU), THW (Germany), Follow-up Course on International Rescue and Humanitarian Relief Operations (NATO/PfP), SRSA (Sweden), Introduction to the UN system: An Orientation for UN Field Mission, UNITAR (Correspondence course), International Rescue Operations (NATO/PfP), SRSA (Sweden), Senior Officers Training for Rescue Services, SRSA (Sweden), Fire and Rescue Training, SRSA (Sweden), 1st Corporal in the Royal Grenadier Guards, Swedish Armed Forces (Sweden), PhD in Engineering, MRes in Politics, MSc in Development Studies, BSc in Fire Protection Engineering

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified


  • Sustainability, Sustainable development, Risk, Resilience, Climate change adaptation, Vulnerability


I am Associate Professor/Reader in Risk and Safety with focus on societal resilience and sustainability, and associated to Lund University Centre for Risk Assessment and Management (LUCRAM).


I have combined research with a career in humanitarian assistance and international development cooperation focused on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The early part of my career, I worked in the private sector and in the fire and rescue services in Sweden. In 2000 I started to work for SRSA, which was partly a Swedish governmental humanitarian and development aid organisation that since 2008 is part of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). After various positions within SRSA, I was appointed Head of Capacity Development and Recovery Section, which I was until coming back to academia in 2007. 

I am still involved in the field personnel roster of MSB and have also been a Delegate for the International Red Cross/Crescent Movement since 2005. I work regularly for international organisations, mainly on shorter missions but also on longer field postings. Most recently as Risk Reduction and Preparedness Specialist for UNICEF in the South Pacific and as Regional Disaster Risk Management Coordinator for IFRC in Dakar. I have experience from working in Sweden, Fiji, UK, Kiribati, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Vanuatu, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Chad, El Salvador, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, with visits to many other places.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the interactions between the physical environment, social organisation and social behaviour in relation to societal safety and sustainability. Especially on issues of risk and vulnerability, on what makes society resilient to disturbances, disruptions and disasters, and on capacity development as an intentional process for increasing such resilience.

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