Critical infrastructures, public sector reorganization and societal safety (CISS).

The CISS project is executed by NTNU Social Research in cooperation with two SINTEF departments. The project studies how new organizational principles, associated with trends towards new public management and similar ideas, in the public sectors maintaining critical infrastructures affects societal safety. The critical lifelines of society are subjected to organizational changes that may pose radical challenges to their safe operation. This project seeks to investigate how these challenges are handled within the organizations operating three different infrastructures: Electric power supply, water supply and telecom.

Status for the case studies:

  1. Power supply study (network companies):
    Report (mainly) based on approximately 50 interviews was published in 2008. To be downloaded here.
  2. Water supply study: The study is finished. Report will be published by the end of 2009.
  3. Telecom: A case study is currently being conducted at St. Olavs Hospital.

We have also planned an activity in 2010 that will build on the findings from CISS and our sister project DECRIS, inspecting the changed roles of public agencies, like regulators, inspectorates and municipalities.

For more information:
Contact Petter G. Almklov, Senior Researcher, NTNU Social Research Ltd.
Phone +4773596883, email

Published August 29, 2007