01 June 2021

IIASA provides scientific input to the OSCE discussions on critical infrastructure dependencies

IIASA Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group Leader Nadejda Komendantova is invited by the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to speak at the panel discussion “Critical Infrastructure Dependencies”.

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The event is co-organized by the OSCE Secretariat and the Argonne National Laboratory – research centre operated for the United States Department of Energy.

Dr. Komendantova will participate in the debate with various energy security stakeholders and will deliver a presentation on “Risk perceptions and safety culture in risk governance: example of electricity grids as interconnected critical energy infrastructure”. She will also present selected findings of the comprehensive OSCE Handbook on protecting Electricity Networks from Natural Disasters, which she edited and co-authored.

At the panel Dr. Komendantova will be joined by William McNamara, Protective Security Advisor – National Capital Region, US Department of Homeland Security; Sybil Derrible, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Material, and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois in Chicago; L-A Levy, Manager at the Infrastructure Security and Risk Analysis Group, Argonne National Laboratory; and others.

Panellists will give their perspective on the complexity of critical infrastructure systems and will elaborate on how to include emerging threats in risk analysis strategies.

Among specific questions to be addressed by the panel are:
- What is a critical infrastructure;
- Does understanding of critical infrastructure help to enhance security and resilience of energy networks;
- What are the challenges in improving the security and resilience of critical infrastructure.

The audience consists of representatives of public and private sectors, academia, and civil society specializing in improving resilience of critical energy infrastructures from both natural and man-made disasters.

IIASA participation in the event will strengthen further science-policy interface and through science diplomacy will contribute to finding mutually beneficial solutions to common challenges facing our nations.

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Last edited: 28 May 2021


Nadejda Komendantova

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

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Sergey Sizov

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Arghavani, M., Ghafory-Ashtiany, M., Komendantova, N. , & Hochrainer-Stigler, S. (2018). Physical Resilience of the Electricity Transmission Grid against Earthquake: Analysis of a Prototype Model. In: 11th International Congress on Civil Engineering, 8-10 May 2018, Tehran, Iran.

Komendantova, N. (2017). Risk governance and vulnerability factors of critical infrastructures. Russian Digital Libraries Journal 20 (1), 88-108.

Komendantova, N. (2016). Vulnerability of electricity transmission infrastructure to natural hazards. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, 17–22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria.

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