Vulnerability Analysis of Socio-Technical Systems: Addressing Railway System Vulnerabilities

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The paper presents some ideas and modeling approaches that are feasible for the study of socio-technical systems. The emphasis in the paper is to discuss two approaches concerning modeling of social and technical systems, and how they can be integrated in order to assess the vulnerability of a socio-technical system. The Swedish railway system will serve as the example of a socio-technical system throughout the paper. The first approach deals with a systematic structure of how to analyze the organizational aspects of the railway system, with the focus of identifying the response system and its relation to the technical railway system by introducing the concept of response curves. The second approach deals with a model of how to analyze the vulnerability of interdependent technical systems, and the utilization of response curves for this type of analysis. It is concluded that the approach, although at present being at a theoretical level and not yet empirically tested, can be
advantageous in the vulnerability assessment of socio-technical systems.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Other Civil Engineering
  • Building Technologies


  • Vulnerability, Railway, Socio-Technical, System
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch
EventYoung Researchers' Seminar - Malmö, Sweden
Duration: 2008 Nov 182008 Nov 19


ConferenceYoung Researchers' Seminar