International recognition for Paula

09 April 2014

International recognition for Paula

Paula Sonja Karlsson

A second-year PhD student has been shortlisted for an internationally recognised award.

Paula Sonja Karlsson is up for the Continuity Insurance & Risk (CIR) Business Continuity Award’s Student of the Year 2014 prize. Based in the Department of Law, Economics, Accountancy and Risk, Paula entered the awards on the suggestion of the organisers, who contacted her via her network on LinkedIn.

Judged by an independent panel of experts for exceptional performance, the Business Continuity Awards recognise those business continuity, security, resilience and risk professionals who demonstrate innovative “strategies and industry savvy”.

Organisers were interested in Paula’s PhD, titled ‘Co-governance of risk in evolving partnership models for public service provision’, which is a comparative study between Scotland, Finland and Sweden.

Paula previously completed both a BA and MSc in Risk Management at GCU.

She said: “My current interests are a natural continuation of my MSc research, and I think it is important to investigate various aspects of risk in these austere times in public services.

“As the awards have industry recognition internationally, for me it would be a great achievement to win as it would demonstrate a widespread acknowledgement for the importance of the field I am researching.

“However, I think being shortlisted alone is the recognition I want for my research area and it may contribute to spreading my work to a wider audience.”

Paula’s supervisor within the Glasgow School for Business and Society, Darinka Asenova, said: “Paula’s PhD research is a part of the overall agenda of the Public Management and Risk research group within GSBS. The project, which has been met with interest by various national and Finnish professional bodies, will go beyond contribution to the policy debate to deliver practical recommendations for improved public service provision in the three countries involved. It will also have significant implications for the on-going transformation of public services in many countries worldwide. The research will be the first study of this kind, leading to original contribution to knowledge and the development of a good practice model for co-governance of risk in local partnerships.”

The awards ceremony will be held on May 29 at the Hilton on Park Lane, London, hosted by stand-up comedian Jo Caulfield.

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