Britt-Marie Leivik Knowles
Britt-Marie Leivik Knowles is a doctoral candidate within Media- and Communication Science, at Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation, Jönköping University. She is conducting research within the field of Crisis Management and Crisis Communication. She is at present working on her doctoral thesis about Swedish authorities and the media regarding their interplay in connection with the Estonia disaster in 1994 – a historic event. The study has an Actor-structure Approach, i.e., the frame of reference is sensemaking and system theory. Britt-Marie has over the years participated in multi-scientific research projects, with the focus on the civil part of the Swedish total defence. She has also participated in networks with practitioners from civil preparedness organizations in the Swedish society and has been engaged in different municipalities´ educational days and lecture series.
Britt-Marie received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Media- and Communication Science from JMG, at the University of Gothenburg. Apart from media studies, the degree also contains studies in Political science, from the University of Gothenburg, and Law studies, from Lund University.
Britt-Marie has been teaching at several universities in Sweden, for example at the University of Gothenburg, University West, Örebro University, the Swedish Defence University, and Jönköping University. In 2006 Britt-Marie was awarded The Student Union´s prize for best teacher at Jönköping University. She was also the chairman for Saco (Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations) between 2015-2019 at Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation, Jönköping University.