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Lefsrud, Lianne


Dr. Lianne Lefsrud is an Assistant Professor, Engineering Safety and Risk Management at the University
of Alberta. Most recently, Dr. Lefsrud was with the Erb Institute of Global Sustainable Enterprise at the
University of Michigan. She uses mixed methods to study how institutional and new venture
entrepreneurs use persuasive language and imagery to shape our conceptions of technology, the
environment, and regulations. Specifically, her research examines methods of hazard identification and
risk management, risk evaluation and social license to operate, and drivers of technology adoption in oil
and gas, mining, pipelining, construction, agriculture, and railroading, among other industries.

As most risks are multi-disciplinary in nature, it has also motivated her academic approach: from an MSc
in Environmental Engineering and Sociology (the first Engineering-Arts interdisciplinary degree at
UAlberta), to a PhD in Strategic Management and Organization, and now a tenure-track position back in
Engineering. Given her multi-disciplinary research, Dr. Lefsrud works with scholars in engineering,
computer science, cognitive psychology, business, economics, English literature and film studies, and
environmental sociology.

Further, to understand various theoretical model elaboration/validation/mobilization methods, Dr.
Lefsrud moved from academia, to industry and regulation, and back to academia. Professionally, her
career spans two decades with senior roles in industry, consulting, and regulation. Prior to returning to
academia, she was the Assistant Director Professional Practice with APEGA, an Assistant Director in
operations with Canadian National Railway, and worked in construction and oil and gas. Besides doing
internationally award winning research, she also provides policy and strategy advice to government and
industry. Even while not an academic, she remained instrumental in multi-disciplinary collaborations
and publishing, to have the greatest possible impact on organizational and regulatory practices in
Canada and worldwide. For details, see: www.liannelefsrud.com

Lefsrud, Lianne

Publications, Activities, and Awards

  • Inter- professional relations and categorization in accounting regulation: The case of Modernizing Oil and Gas Reserve Reporting
  • Maintaining Oil and Gas Reserves Accounting: The Limits of Commensuration
  • Our journey with creative sentencing.
  • A Behavioural Approach To Success Indicators
  • APEGA Summit Award
  • Bibliometric Analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) of Engineering Systems
  • Can Farmers be Climate Leaders
  • Communicating risks across organizations and to contractors
  • Communicating Risks to Support Sustainability Discussions: Challenges in a Post-Truth Era
  • Creating a Positive Safety Culture and Continuous Improvement in Alberta’s Construction Industry
  • Dirty Oil or Ethical Oil? Visual rhetoric in legitimation struggles.
  • Distinguished Academic Early Career Award
  • Employing multifaceted teaching and learning components to foster CEAB graduate attribute development
  • Energy Futures: Moving Forward by Overcoming Legacies of the Past
  • Extrapolating Human Judgments from Skip-gram Vector Representations of Word Meaning
  • Framework for Developing Risk Evaluation Criteria
  • Giant toxic lakes you can see from space: A theory of multimodal messages and emotionality in legitimacy work.
  • Identifying Hidden Hazards
  • Inter- professional categorization in accounting regulation
  • Interim Report for Creative Sentencing: Protecting Worker Safety in Alberta by Enhancing Field Level Hazard Assessments and Training for Ground Hazards Associated with Tailings Facilities, Dams, and Systems
  • Managing Microbial Corrosion in Canadian Offshore & Onshore Oil Production Operations
  • Most read paper, Organization Studies (FT45 journal)
  • Organizational emotions in online climate change debate
  • Outstanding Mentorship
  • Protecting workers exposed to ground hazards through enhanced Field Level Hazard Assessment tools
  • Protecting workers exposed to ground hazards through enhanced hazard identification and management tools
  • Railway Association of Canada, Role of Safety Management Systems (SMS) in the railway industry and potential for enhancement of the Railway Safety Act (RSA)
  • Reclaimed Resilient Land And Water Systems – Land
  • Reclaimed Resilient Land And Water Systems – Success Indicators
  • Reclaimed Resilient Land And Water Systems – Water
  • Resilient Reclaimed Land And Water Systems Theme Organizational Meeting
  • Resilient Reclaimed Land And Water Systems Workshop
  • Resilient Reclaimed Land And Water Systems Workshop
  • Social License to Operate: Legitimacy by Another Name?
  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Enhancing Regulatory Effectiveness and Corporate Performance
  • Sustainability Workshop
  • Using BP Neural Networks to Prioritize Risk Management Approaches for China’s Unconventional Shale Gas Industry
  • Using Process Safety Management tools to identify and assess tailings hazards