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Kristoffer Albris

Kristoffer Albris

Assistant professor

Member of:

  • Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research

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Research areas:

Disasters, Risk management, Resilience and Vulnerability, Climate Change Adaptation, Political Controversies, Social Media, Digital Anthropology, Data ethics, Computational 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 controversies in light of future climate changes. The project was part of the interdisciplinary project Changing Disasters. www.changingdisasters.ku.dk // www.cope.ku.dk

From 2017 to 2018, I was a postdoc on the ESPRESSO project (Enhancing Synergies for Disaster Prevention in the European Union), which focused on optimizing disaster response and climate change policies in EU member states. See: http://www.espressoproject.eu/

I am currently employed as an assistant professor at the Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS), where I will be conducting research and teaching on data governance, data ethics and digital-computational anthropology.

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

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