Coordination, Response and Networked Resilience (CORNER) in Trondheim


Usually, the word "crisis" is used to describe sudden and dramatic events like major accidents, natural disasters or terror attacks. While such events can have catastrophic consequences, they are usually confined to a geographic place and lasts for a short period of time. The COVID-19 pandemic is something different. It is a "creeping" crisis with an unclear beginning and end which poses an unprecedented call for effective response in every nation in the world.

The hypothesis of CORNER is that an effective response to the pandemic lies in the dynamics between political-administrative leadership, and the reactions and responses of the public. Nations around the world are being tested on their adaptive capacity - the ability to change and reconfigure with minimum loss of function, as well their ability to ‘bounce back’ from the crisis. CORNER studies crisis leadership and public response in Norway, Sweden and Italy. The consortium is headed by NTNU, and Trondheim city is one of several partners.

CORNER combines real-time studies of leadership practices with in-depth netnographic studies of the societal dynamics taking place in heterogeneous populations, and compares the result of these studies across different cultural and political contexts. The public health response involves leaders making hard decisions in a continuously evolving situation characterized by high uncertainty. In addition to being a crisis to be managed, the pandemic is thus also a cultural phenomenon. It is a state of exception where risks are played down and amplified and where principles of ethics, moral values and democracy are more fluent and visible than in normal situations. The aim of the project is to learn from and improve the adaptive capacity to manage the crisis, the social dynamics that emerges in the crisis and to improve societies’ resilience to future crises.


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