Jan Hovden

Continuing and Professional Development Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management

+47 73593507
Sem Sælands vei 5, Gamle fysikk*110

Background and activities

Jan Hovden, born 1943 Professor in safety management at Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management since 1986, full time since 1991.

Jan Hovden, b. 1943, Sør-Fron, Norway


Professor in safety management, NTNU (full time since 1991), at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management


Academic background

  • Graduated in political science at the University of Oslo, 1968. (Magistergrad)
  • Advanced courses in social science methods and applied statistics at the University of Cologne (1972) and at the University of Essex (1969).
  • The SINTEF school in research project management (1985)


Previous positions

2005-2008      senior research adviser (part-time) for the Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB)

1997-2000      Adjunct professor at the Haugesund/Stord University College

2000-2003      Adjunct professor at Stavanger University College

1996-1997      Visiting professor at Delft Technical University (TU Delft)

1986-1991      Adjunct professor in safety management at NTH

1984-1985      Visiting researcher at the Royal University of Technology (KTH), Stockholm,

1979-1991      Senior research scientist within safety research at SINTEF

1973-1978      Assistant professor at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH)

1969-1973      Adviser in social science data analysis, Institute for social research, Oslo


Assignments (a selection)

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal “Safety Science”, Elsevier, 1994 -
  • Participation in a research project for the Council of Europe on major hazards management, 1995-97
  • Member of the project group on Co-operative Nordic Risk Research  (1998-1999) 
  • Head of the annual conference “Sikkerhetsdagene” at NTNU for more than 20 years (www.sikkerhetsdagene.no) , and for the international conference “WorkingOnSafety” 2010 (www.wos2010.no).  
  • Member of the Government’s commission on the vulnerability and emergency preparedness of Norwegian society, 1999-2000 “The Willoch committee” – the white paper NOU 2000:24 “Det sårbare samfunn”.
  • Appointed team member for studying “decision-making under uncertainty” at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letter, Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo  (2000-2001)
  • Contributions to initiating and establishing a number of national research programmes: Committee for Risk Research, NTNF (1978-84), AURA “Analysis of occ. accidents” (1984-88), IK-EVA “Evaluation of the internal control reform” (1990-1994), Risk and uncertainty (1999-2002) which gave a basis for HMS-petroleum, RISIT, IKT-SOS , and finally  head of a committee of inquiry for establishing a new research programme on Societal Safety and Risk Research (SAMRISK)  (2005), and later member of the SAMRISK programme committee, 2007- 2011).
  • Member of an advisory board for risk and vulnerability analysis in NATO (2007-2009)
  • Dissertation supervisor for 12 PhD students, and opponent in numerous PhD disputations in Norway and abroad.
  • In commissions for assessing numerous professorships in Norway and abroad.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Hovden, Jan; Tinmannsvik, Ranveig Kviseth. (2004) En antologi om framtidens säkerhetsfrågor. Kapittel 2: "Hvordan ivareta sikkerheten ved organisasjonsendringer og bemanningsreduksjoner?". 2004. ISBN 91-7253-213-0.
  • Hovden, Jan; Rasmussen, Jens. (1998) On allocation of a professor at Swedish universities in support of SRV's risk management research. 1998.