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Governance of transboundary risk: The Göta Älv water system

Risk issues that transgress national, regional, regulatory, governmental, scientific and cultural boundaries increasingly present a global challenge to risk governance. Transboundary risk includes a broad range of biological, technological, social, and natural hazards, the management of which demands communication, co-operation and interaction among a multitude of private and public actors, not necessarily sharing the same goals, values and organisational mode of operation. The research
project is based on a multi-focus single case study of the Göta Älv water system, including the Vänern Lake. This case presents a situation where:

a) severe risk issues such as floods, landslide, dam failure, toxic disasters, and pollution of drinking water are systematically interacting, and are expected to aggravate with climate change and increasing water flow
(SOU:2006), and

b) risk is managed by networks composed of private and public actors in formal and informal collaboration, conditioned by tradition, legislation and practice. The Göta Älv water system is paradigmatic of the systemic challenges that public officials, private sector managers, and private persons face when risk issues transgress social, economic and environmental boundaries.

Funder: The Swedish Research Council Formas
Project leader: Linda Soneryd
Co-workers: Jesper Pettersson, Dep of Sociology and Work Science, Åsa Boholm, Gothenburg Research Institute, Anna Bendz, political science, GU

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