The Survivability of Swedish Emergency Management Related Research Centers and Academic Programs

A Preliminary Sociology of Science Analysis

  • David M. Neal Department of Political Science, Fire and Emergency Management Program, and Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events, Oklahoma State University

Abstract

The Survivability of Swedish Emergency Management Related Research Centers and Academic Programs: A Preliminary Sociology of Science Analysis

Despite being a relatively safe nation, Sweden has four different universities supporting four emergency management research centers and an equal and growing number of academic programs. In this paper, I discuss how these centers and programs survive within the current organizational environment. The sociology of science or the sociology of scientific knowledge perspectives should provide a theoretical guide. Yet, scholars of these perspectives have produced no research on these related topics. Thus, the population ecology model and the notion of organizational niche provide my theoretical foundation. My data come from 26 interviews from those four institutions, the gathering of documents, and observations. I found that each institution has found its own niche with little or no competition – with one exception. Three of the universities do have an international focus. Yet, their foci have minimal overlap. Finally, I suggest that key aspects of Swedish culture, including safety, and a need aid to the poor, help explain the extensive funding these centers and programs receive to survive.

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2012-07-01
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Neal, D. M. (2012) ”The Survivability of Swedish Emergency Management Related Research Centers and Academic Programs: A Preliminary Sociology of Science Analysis”, Sociologisk Forskning, 49(3), s. 227-242. Tillgänglig vid: https://sociologiskforskning.se/sf/article/view/18406 (åtkomstdatum: 4april2020).
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