Lina Svedin_IRL Fellow
  • Series editor, University of Cincinnati Press, University of Cincinnati

Research Summary

Dr. Lina Svedin’s research examines critical governing functions under adverse circumstances. Lina particularly focuses on ethical decision-making and actions, accountability, and organizational cooperation in crises, in an effort to strengthen public policy and support collaboration and trust in governing institutions. Her book Accountability in Crises and Public Trust in Governing Institutions can be found on


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Political Science , Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Project: Organizational Cooperation in Crises
  • Master of Arts, Political Science Department, University of Stockholm. Project: Perception as a Stepping-Stone to Crisis Cooperation
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Department, Political Science Department, University of Stockholm


Lina Svedin is an Associate Professor of political science and Director of Public Affairs Programs (MPA, MPP, MIAGE) at the University of Utah. She is Swedish by origin and has worked both as a practitioner in government, and as a researcher and training director at the Swedish national center for Crisis Research and Training. Her research focuses on public policy, ethics, collaboration and governance challenges in crises.
Recent publications include articles in the journals Pediatrics and Climate Risk Management. Books published include Accountability in Crises and Public Trust in Governing Institutions (Routledge); Ethics and Risk Management (Information Age Publishing); Ethics and Crisis Management (Information Age Publishing); Risk Regulation in the European Union and the United States (Palgrave MacMillan) and Organizational Cooperation in Crises (Ashgate Publishing).
Current research projects include 'American Taboos: How we make policy about what we feel we cannot talk about,' and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded project to improve health outcomes for infants referred to child protective services for suspected abuse or maltreatment by encouraging collaboration between child welfare case workers and primary health care providers.
Lina teaches core courses on administrative theory, policy analysis, program evaluation, ethics for public administrators, governance and the economy, as well as crisis management and conflict resolution within the U of U’s Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Public Policy program.