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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, environmental sociology, law, design, and others.

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

  • Clean and Renewable Energy - Taking a Systems Approach to Geothermal Energy
  • 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.
  • Role of AI in Humanities and Ethics
  • Safety Moment
  • A Behavioural Approach To Success Indicators
  • Advanced technologies to depolarize energy dialogues
  • Alberta’s ‘energy war room’: Reframing the energy debate or attempt to mimic legitimate journalism
  • Allford: Tips on talking about energy in Canada, Jennifer Allford,
  • Analyzing and Visualizing the Canadian Research Landscape
  • APEGA Summit Award
  • Bibliometric Analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) of Engineering Systems
  • Can Farmers be Climate Leaders
  • Combining safety approaches to bring hazards into focus: An oil sands tailings case study.
  • Communicating Risks
  • Communicating risks across organizations and to contractors
  • Communicating Risks to Support Sustainability Discussions: Challenges in a Post-Truth Era
  • Communicating Risks To Support Sustainability Discussions: Challenges In A Post-Truth Era
  • 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
  • Creative Sentencing: My Experience with Companies
  • Cutting-Edge Linguistic Methods
  • Decolonizing Approaches to Geothermal Energy Development in Alberta through Indigenous Community-Led Research and Engagement
  • 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
  • Enhancing Regulatory Effectiveness to Improve Corporate Performance
  • Extrapolating Human Judgments from Skip-gram Vector Representations of Word Meaning
  • Final 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
  • Framework for Developing Risk Evaluation Criteria
  • Giant toxic lakes you can see from space: A theory of multimodal messages and emotionality in legitimacy work.
  • Heated Atmosphere: Organizational Emotions and Field Structuring in Online Climate Change Debates
  • Hidden Hazards and Blind Spots
  • How organizations create complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty to blind their risk management efforts.
  • Identifying Hidden Hazards
  • Indigenous youth engaging in community-led research to decolonize renewable energy development
  • 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
  • Just don’t call it climate change
  • Just don’t call it climate change: Climate-skeptic farmer adoption of climate mitigative practices
  • Language of Energy Conversations, Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy, CBC radio
  • 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
  • Polarizing language creating gridlock in energy debate, says U of A expert, by Geoff McMaster
  • Power and protocol: Indigenous oral histories and geothermal energy development
  • Preliminary Work by the Dam Integrity Advisory Committee Towards Thinking Clearly and Communicating Effectively About Risk
  • Profiled with 29 other women engineers in www.30yearslater.ca to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre
  • 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
  • Risk communication in Athabasca oil sands tailings operations
  • Say What? University of Alberta prof says we all need to calm down
  • Seeing the forest and the trees: Using machine learning to categorize and analyze incident reports for Alberta oil sands operators
  • Social License to Operate: Legitimacy by Another Name?
  • Spanning Boundaries Through Conferences: Engaging Diverse EDI Stakeholders to Promote Change
  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Enhancing Regulatory Effectiveness and Corporate Performance
  • Sustainability Workshop
  • Tailings Fatality Research Finds Communication Breakdowns, Daily Oil Bulletin, by Deborah Jaremko
  • 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