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Kristoffer Albris

Kristoffer Albris


Member of:

  • Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research

Research areas:

- Disasters

- Risk management

- Resilience and Vulnerability

- Climate Change Adaptation

- Political Controversies

- Social Media

- Digital Anthropology

My research explores how 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 Central Europe (Germany) with the normalization of disasters and civil society's role in preparedness and prevention, as well as in the South Pacific (Fiji) 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 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).

Finally, I am also interested in digital methods and online ethnography, including how citizens use social media platforms in emergency response situations.

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