Visitors 2009

Hawkins, Keith (Professor)
Keith Hawkins is Professor Emeritus of Law and Society at Oxford University and Fellow Emeritus of Oriel College, Oxford. He is currently involved in thinking about the problem of decision-making by legal actors in a variety of legal settings, a problem on which he has been working on and off for many years. His most recent major publication was Law as Last Resort: Prosecution Decision-Making in a Regulatory Agency (Oxford University Press, 2002), which won the Herbert Jacob prize of the American Law and Society Association in 2003.

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Huber, Michael (Prof. Dr)
Michael Huber is Professor for Higher Education Research at the Institute of Science and Technology Studies, University of Bielefeld, Germany as well as a CARR Research Associate. He is conducting CARR funded research on risk management in higher education, further details of which can be found on Our Research| page.

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Larsen, Lotta Björklund
Lotta Björklund Larsen is a PhD candidate in social anthropology at the Stockholm Centre For Organisational Research (SCORE) working on her dissertation entitled 'Köpa svart arbete. Justifying purchases of services "off the books" in Sweden'.

Purchasing services "off the books" is in media commonly viewed as unethical and motivated by greed. Despite Sweden's reputation as a just and incorrupt society, various authorities express fear of the perceived growth of these services and the seemingly widening acceptance of it. This is not only about cheating, but also about helping out and maintaining reciprocal relations within community.

There are many diverging views on the reasons for and extent of such a service market and research often concentrates on the provision of these services and how these could be seen to undermine the Swedish welfare state. In contrast, I am interested in how such services are consumed and how this group of Swedes ascribes meaning to these transactions in a modern welfare state.

The Swedish welfare state is under dire pressure both economically and as part of an increasingly integrated international environment. A global business market, EU-membership and growing international mobility are but a few examples which influence peoples' norms and attitudes. The focus of the study is on the division of the formal and the informal economy and how peoples' transactions separate, influence and weave into these spheres as a response to deficiencies in the formal economy.

Macrae, Carl (Dr)
Carl Macrae's research interests are in risk and safety management in high-reliability organizations. He is particularly concerned with the construction and analysis of near-miss events, and the social and psychological processes involved in organisational learning and resilience. His current research focuses on flight safety management in the airline industry, and the regulation and management of patient safety in healthcare.

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Osrecki, Fran (Dr)
Fran Osrecki studied sociology at the University of Vienna. Since October 2006 he is a doctoral fellow at the IWT (Institute for Science and Technology Studies), University of Bielefeld. His main interests are sociology of scientific organisations, sociology of risk, and sociology of time. In his PhD thesis Fran Osrecki examines in what way sociological theories create risk discourses by using a particular chronological scheme of narration. The working title of his dissertation is "Diagnosing the Present: How Sociology Creates Unprecedentedness."

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Premfors, Rune (Professor)
Rune Premfors is a Professor of Political Science and Research Director at SCORE, and has a longstanding interest in the tensions between political democracy and public administration. He is currently researching the Swedish Government Offices as part of a major national research programme. He is also co-writing a book analyzing the role of the state in creating and supervising markets in Sweden.

Shiroyama, Hideaki (Prof)
Hideaki Shiroyama is a Professor at the Graduate School of Law and Politics and Professor and Director of Science, Technology and Public Policy Study Unit at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Tokyo University. He specialises in public administration and is currently researching international administration, environmental/ safety regulations and policy process.

Sjögren, Ebba (Dr)
Ebba Sjögren is a researcher at the Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE) and holds a PhD in Business Studies from the Stockholm School of Economics. Her primary research interest is the use of scientific knowledge in regulation and organizational decision-making, particularly in the healthcare sector. She is currently working on a project which inquires into efforts to evidence-base and standardize geriatric in-patient care. Her previous work has looked at the implementation of health economic assessment in the area of pharmaceutical reimbursement.

Vibert, Frank
Frank Vibert is a founder Director of the European Policy Forum, which was established in 1992. He was previously Deputy Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and has been a Senior Fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research at the UN University Helsinki, and a Senior Advisor at the World Bank. He is a member of the European Constitutional Group, who published their report 'A Proposal for the European Constitution' in 1993.

His latest book is Rise of the Unelected - Democracy and the New Separation of Powers (Cambridge University Press 2007). Other published books include Europe Simple, Europe Strong - The Future of European Governance (Polity Press 2001) and Europe: A Constitution for the Millennium (Dartmouth 1995).

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Vifell, Åsa (Dr)
Åsa Vifell is a researcher at the Stockholm Centre For Organisational Research (SCORE) working within the themes of Democracy and Organization and Rule setting and Rule following. Current projects include studies of the internationalization of the Swedish state administration within the empirical fields of climate change, trade- and employment policy.

The main focus is on assessing the democratic legitimacy of the working procedures of the administration while taking part in complex decision making processes at international level. Linking up with the Rule setting and Rule following theme, a study of the EUs Sustainability impact assessment of trade agreements investigates rule following activities of states in relation to indicators and evaluations made by authoritative international organizations.

 

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