22mar

Digitizing disaster – Professor Fleur Johns, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Flooding, earthquakes and tsunamis are examples of disasters, where lives, property and environment are at great risk. When a disaster strikes, the situation can quickly become unmanageable. With lack of information, response activities might become counterproductive, allocation of resources might be inappropriate and false rumours can start circulating. What role can digital technology play, to ensure that the information is adequate and rapid?

HHGA together with The School of Business Economics and Law have the great pleasure of hosting a webinar with Fleur Johns, Visiting Professor of Law from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

In this short talk, Professor Fleur Johns will discuss the growing recourse to digital technology in disaster settings – by people and institutions seeking relief and those offering relief – and its possible ramifications for global governance and diplomacy. She draws upon several years of interviews, looking at efforts within the UN and other international organizations to make broader use of digital data and data science techniques in humanitarian and disaster relief work.

A dialogue and Q & A session will follow the talk, moderated by Caroline af Kleen, CFO, Swedish Red Cross, who also is responsible for IT and IM within her organization.

Date and time: March 22, 08.00-09.00 AM CET (Swedish time zone)
Place: Webinar, Zoom (a link to the webinar will be emailed on March 21)

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Program:

  • Welcome by Professor Per Cramér, Dean, School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg
  • Introduction of today’s speaker and moderator by Kristina Sandström, operational manager, HHGA
  • Lecture by Professor Fleur Johns, University of New South Wales, Australia and Visiting Professor of Law at our School
  • Dialogue and Q & A session moderated by Caroline af Kleen, CFO, Swedish Red Cross

Fleur Johns is Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney, Australia. Before joining UNSW, she was Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law at the University of Sydney and have also held visiting appointments in Canada (the University of Toronto), the UK (the LSE), and the US (the Institute for Advanced Study). She currently serves on editorial boards in the US, the UK and Australia, including that of the American Journal of International Law. She is a graduate of Melbourne University (BA, LLB(Hons)) and Harvard University (LLM, SJD; Menzies Scholar; Laylin Prize). During 2021-2022, the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg is honoured to have her as our international visiting professor.

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Caroline af Kleen, CFO, Swedish Red Cross, is also responsible for IT and IM within her organization. She is a driven and dedicated experienced leader with strong acumen in finance and general management having previously held positions at Arla Foods in Africa stationed in Lagos, Nigeria. She has also worked at Unilever and SAS. Caroline has a master degree in business administration and economics from the Stockholm University and has taken courses at the School of Business Economics and Law (1999-2000). 

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