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Kristoffer Albris

Kristoffer Albris


  • Centre for international law, Conflict and Crisis

    Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 København S, Søndre Campus, Building: 6A-4-12

    Phone: +45 35 32 04 85

My research explores how natural disasters shape societies and communities. I am particularly interested in how the management of hazards and risks creates conflicts between authorities, citizens and technical experts. I have worked in Germany with the normalization of disasters and civil society's role in preparedness and prevention, as well as in the South Pacific on the role of disaster experts in risk reduction work.

My PhD thesis entitled "Disasters as Usual: The Public Life of Recurring Floods in Dresden", examined the political consequences of floods in Eastern Germany. Through a long-term ethnographic fieldwork, the project aimed to identify how the major floods in 2002 and 2013 had generated political issues and controversies. The project attempted to understand the social, political and technological mechanisms whereby disasters alter the configuration of civic communities and state-citizen relations. The project was part of the interdisciplinary project Changing Disasters. //

I am currently employed as a postdoc on the ESPRESSO project (Enhancing Synergies for Disaster Prevention in the European Union), which focuses on optimizing disaster response and climate change policies in EU member states. See:

I am also co-convener of the DICAN network (Disaster and Crisis Anthropology Network), part of EASA (European Association of Social Anthropology).

Primary fields of research

Regional specialization: Denmark, Germany, Fiji

Thematic specialization: disasters, risk, resilience, uncertainty, controversies, climate, science and technology studies, political anthropology, environmental anthropology, social media, publics.

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