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Dr Kristian Krieger

KriegerResearch Associate

Room K7.05

Department of War Studies

Strand Campus

London WC2R 2LS



Areas of interest

  • Risk governance
  • Risk perception and communication
  • Resilience
  • Natural disaster management and climate adaptation
  • CBRN terrorism & emergency response
  • Comparative politics
  • Neo-institutionalism
  • Energy politics & justice


Dr Kristian Krieger is a Research Associate in the Department of War Studies, working on EU-FP7 project PRACTICE (Preparedness and Resilience against CBRN terrorism using integrated concepts and equipment, see  ) which is headed by Dr Brooke Rogers. In this project, Kristian’s research contributes to improving the information and communication processes with public and among emergency responders before, during and after a terrorist event to mitigate the adverse consequences of the incident.  Please also see this short video clip on his project-related research.

Before joining the Department of War Studies at King’s, Kristian completed his M.Sc. in International Political Economy at the LSE and a German Diplom in Political Science with Law and Economics at the University of Leipzig. After his degrees, he worked as a Research Assistant at the King’s Centre for Risk Management (KCRM) where he was involved in several projects concerned with risk perception and communication in the energy sector and the terrorism field. Following this research work, he undertook his ESRC-sponsored PhD project (Putting risk-based governance into institutional context: Flood management regimes in Germany and England in the 1990s and 2000s) at KCL’s Department of Geography. In this, he explored the institutional determinants of different national styles of risk-based governance, thereby challenging assumptions of a uniform rise and colonisation of public policy areas through risk instruments.

Kristian was a visiting researcher at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the Free University Berlin in 2008 and is a Fellow of the Earth System Governance Network. He is currently also affiliated as a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium.

In 2012, he won the Third Giandomenico Majone Best Paper prize of the Standing Group Regulation & Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research for his paper "Norms, structures, procedures and variety in risk-based governance: the case of flood management in Germany and England".

He has been teaching classes in political science and geography at University of Leipzig, Germany; King’s College London; Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université libre de Bruxelles.

Selected publications & presentations

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Krieger, K; Amlot, R & Rogers, MB (2014): Understanding public responses to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents — Driving factors, emerging themes and research gaps. Environment International (DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2014.04.017)

"The Limits and Variety of Risk-based Governance: the case of flood management in Germany and England" in Regulation & Governance, forthcoming 2013 [an earlier version published as "Norms, structures, procedures and variety in risk-based governance: the case of flood management in Germany and England" Jerusalem Papers in Regulation & Governance, No 47, July 2012]

(co-authored with CANTELLI, F and KODATE, N) “Towards democratic governance of uncertainty? Contesting notions of participation, control and accountability”. Journal of Risk Research Vol 14(8):919-932, 2011

(co-authored with ROGERS, MB) “Green partnerships in Britain's energy sector – classifying non-governmental organisations and exploring their varying potential to co-operate with energy companies. Environmental Politics Vol 19(6):910-929, 2010

(co-authored with ROGERS, MB; AMLOT, R; RUBIN, GJ; WESSELY, S) “Mediating the social and psychological impacts of terrorist attacks: the role of risk perception and risk communication”. International Review of Psychiatry Vol 19(3):279-288

Book chapters

(co-authored with McLaren, D & Bickerstaff, K) “The procedural justice of energy system transitions: the case of CCS” in Bickerstaff, K; Walker, G & Bulkeley, H (eds): Energy Justice in a Changing Climate, ZED Books, 2013

(co-authored with Rogers, MB) “Promoting public resilience against terrorism – human factors and the case of CBRN terrorism” in Akhbar, B & Yates, S (eds): Strategic Intelligence Management, Elsevier, 2013

(co-authored with Rogers, MB) “Participation Beyond the State: Why some NGOs Partner with the Energy Industry and Others Do Not”, accepted for publication in Arnold, M, Siebenhuehner, B, Jacob, K (eds): Long-Term Policies – Governing Social-Ecological Change; Routledge, 2013

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