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Governance in the nuclear safety sector

Kjerstin Lianes Kjøndal of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Agder has submitted her thesis entitled «Governance processes in the nuclear safety sector. How organizational history and organizational structures matter» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Thursday 31 March 2022. (Photo: Private)

The thesis highlight the essential role of public administration and public organizations situated below the political level nationally, and public and private organizations situated at the global level, in developing regulations, standards and laws related to nuclear safety issues.

Kjerstin Lianes Kjøndal

PhD Candidate

The disputation will be held on campus. Spectators may follow the disputation digitally – link is available below.

 

Kjerstin Lianes Kjøndal of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Agder has submitted her thesis entitled «Governance processes in the nuclear safety sector. How organizational history and organizational structures matter» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Thursday 31 March 2022. 

She has followed the PhD-programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Agder, with specialisation in Public Administration.

Summary of the thesis by Kjerstin Lianes Kjøndal:

Governance in the nuclear safety sector

“The world is increasingly faced with complex border-crossing problems that are difficult to solve and often entail long-term consequences.

Wicked problems

Such ‘wicked problems’ are seldom addressed by a single actor. Instead, these problems frequently require cooperation between different actors at different levels.

This thesis examines governance processes in the nuclear safety sector and in doing so, the thesis studies processes in a sector faced with wicked problems.

Organizations

The thesis is based on theoretical perspectives that highlight the importance of organizational history and structures, and the thesis suggest the importance of these factors to understand governance processes in the nuclear safety sector.

Moreover, a general insight provided by the thesis is the existence of transnational governance dynamics in the nuclear safety sector, which imply that the activities in the sector are more than the sum of agreements between national states.

Indeed, the thesis highlight the essential role of public administration and public organizations situated below the political level nationally, and public and private organizations situated at the global level, in developing regulations, standards and laws related to nuclear safety issues.”

Disputation facts

The trial lecture and the public defence will take place in.Auditorum B1 001, Campus Kristiansand and online, via the Zoom conferencing app - link below.

Vice Dean Hanne Haaland, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder, will chair the disputation.

The trial lecture Thursday 31 March at 10:15 hours CET

Public defence Thursday 31 March at 12:15 hours CET

Given topic for trial lecture«Discuss, based on governance theory, how and to what extent the national, the Nordic and the global level are interconnected and interrelated within the field of nuclear safety»

Thesis Title«Governance processes in the nuclear safety sector. How organizational history and organizational structures matter»

Search for the thesis in AURA - Agder University Research Archive, a digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder.

The thesis is available here:

https://uia.brage.unit.no/uia-xmlui/handle/11250/2985526

 

The CandidateKjerstin Lianes Kjøndal (1982, Oslo) Bachelors degree University of Oslo (2012), Masters degree at UiA (2014). Master thesis: "Internasjonale organisasjoner og byråkratiets uavhengighet. Observasjoner fra det Internasjonale atomenergibyrået." Present position: Assistant Professor  at  the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder.

Opponents:

First opponent: Professor Martin Marcussen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Second opponent: Professor Emeritus Per Lægreid, University of Bergen, Norway

Associate Professor Anne Elizabeth Stie, Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder, is appointed as the administrator for the assessment committee.

Supervisor in the doctoral work were Professor Jarle Trondal, Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder

Opponent ex auditorio:

The chair invites members of the public to pose questions ex auditorio in the introduction to the public defense, with deadlines. It is a prerequisite that the opponent has read the thesis. Questions can be submitted to the chair  Hanne Haaland on e-mail hanne.haaland@uia.no