Henrik Tehler

Henrik Tehler is a Professor at the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University, Sweden. He is also the director of Lund University Centre for Risk Assessment and Management (LUCRAM) and the deputy director of Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection research (CenCIP) at Lund University.

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Henrik Tehler's research interests include disaster risk management and critical infrastructure protection. In the past 15 years he has been working in several major research programs financed by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency aimed at improving professional practice with respect to risk- and vulnerability assessments as well as assessments of crisis management capability.

Studying disaster response capability through games and experiments

To assess and evaluate disaster response capability has become an important activity when managing disaster risk. Several countries perform such assessments on a regular basis, including Sweden, several other EU countries and the US. Although there is an increasing interest in performing capability assessments there is also a significant variation in terms of the methods used to produce the them. And, it is difficult to know which method(s) are most suitable to use in modern disaster risk management systems. The presentation focus on research that has been conducted in Sweden aiming at supporting the development of better ways to evaluate disaster response capability. It has involved the use of several different methods. For example, experiments to study important characteristics of capability assessments, and computer games to investigate the use of such assessments in dynamic environments. The presentation will cover both key results regarding how disaster response capability is currently being assessed, how it could be improved, as well as experiences of using games and experiments to study disaster management.