Diplom-Physik, 1970, University of Kiel, Germany
Dr.rer.nat. (PhD in Natural Sciences), 1970, University of Kiel, Germany
Dr.techn. (PhD in Technology), 1978, NTH (Norwegian Institute of Technology), now NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Active since 1971 in academia, since 1999 professor at the University of Agder and since 2005 adjunct professor in Gjøvik, now part of NTNU.
Professor emeritus since 1st March 2019
Executive Research Advisor for the company Stepchange AS, Kristiansand, Norway
Currently leading the innovation project Systemic Pandemic Risk Management, funded by the Research Council of Norway with participation from Stepchange AS; Kristiansand municipality; the Hospital of Southern Norway; the Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM), University of Agder; the Center for Research and Training in Disaster Medicine, Humanitarian Aid and Global Health (Italy); and the Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology (Sweden)
Awarded the Research Prize from the Agder Academy of Science and Letters in 2012
Awarded the King's Medal of Merit for my contributions to societal security in 2019
I gave a talk at TEDs Arendal 2021 with the title "Can technology help against technology?". The talk concerns humankind’s Grand Challenges, major pandemics being among them, and methods that must be developed to deal with systemic complexity. Link to the talk: https://youtu.be/aIqqj5VcCXM
Publications in physics, polymer science, modelling and simulation of complex systems, system dynamics, epidemiology, instructional design, information security, insider threat, Critical Infrastructure protection, disaster management, disaster eHealth, systemic risk.
Citations: 1310; h-index: 19; i10-index: 36 (December 2021)
Current research interests: Security management in a broad sense (information security, safety, Critical Infrastructure Protection/Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response). Resilience. Modelling and simulation of security. Disaster eHealth. Modelling of complex societal problems.
ORG453-G 17H Communication, Cooperation and Research Methods
IKT440-G ICT Seminar
IKT416 System Dynamics
IND405 System Dynamics
IND511 Value Chain Dynamics
I founded CIEM -- Centre for Integrated Emergency Management, http://ciem.uia.no, 2011 and was CIEM director 2011-2014. Currently I am part of CIEM staff and act as advisor to the centre’s team of directors.
President of Special Interest Group in security, System Dynamics Society, 2003-2010.
Directed “A Model-based Approach to Security Culture (AMBASEC)”, funded by the Norwegian Research Council 2005-2010.
"Simulation Exercise to Manage Power Cuts (SEMPOC)", an international project funded by EPCIP (European Programme ofr Critical Infrastructure Protection) -- 2008-2011.
Member and scientific coordinator for "Smart Mature Resilience SMR)", http://http://smr-project.eu/home/, a European project with 13 partners, funded by the H2020 Security Program, 2016-2018.
Disaster eHealth, an international project funded by the Research Council of New Zealand, 2016-2017
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