Research Groups and Networks


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Risks are becoming increasingly international and now affect all sectors of society. Protecting human life, the environment and critical infrastructure from man-made accidents, terrorist attacks and natural disasters has become an important issue within European Union. These new security threats and risks are one of the priority research areas in Aleksanteri Institute. The main focus is on the threats in the Baltic Sea Region.

CIVPRO - The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Research Network for Civil Protection was formed in 2006 within the EUROBALTIC II Project for Civil Protection. The CIVPRO Network aims to conduct studies addressing research questions in civil protection, risk management and emergency preparedness. The Network is coordinated by the Aleksanteri Institute.

Goals of the Network

  • Performing the highest quality research using state-of-the-art experimental approaches and risk mapping technologies.
  • Building a premier web-based knowledge base disseminating accurate and detailed definitions of various risks at the Baltic Sea Region.
  • Collaborating with the experts within and beyond the network in cross-cutting areas of civil protection, risk management and emergency preparedness.
  • Advocating civil protection questions in a wider community of academia, industry, and governmental authorities.

Aleksanteri Institute has been involved in the following CIVPRO projects:

Lead partner
Aleksanteri Institute (projects have their own lead partners)

Research partners
Crismart, Crisis Management Research and Training (Sweden); Emergency Services College (Finland); Heuni, European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control; Fire & Rescue Department, Ministry of the Interior (Lithuania); Geological Survey of Finland; Nordregio - Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Sweden); Main School of Fire Service (Poland); Swedish Rescue Services Agency

Contact persons at the Aleksanteri Institute
Timo Hellenberg – Head of Liaison
Tel. +358-9-191 28606, GSM +358-40 505 0157, office(AT)

Anna Salonsalmi - Project coordinator
Tel. +358-9-191 23683, anna.salonsalmi(AT)

Piia Nikula – Researcher
Tel. +358-9-191 23659, GSM +358-50 300 3975, piia.nikula(AT)