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Lisa Froholdt

Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Human Factors, University of Southern Denmark


Dr. Froholdt is a native New Zealander and has worked in a range of managerial positions in Public Administration (1989-2000), and after obtaining her M.A., she shifted to the maritime industry, taking up a position as a project consultant in 2004. Here she assisted shipping companies in organization turnarounds and personal/team analyses. Dr. Froholdt found her area of interest in regards to a Ph.D. during this time, and began her teaching career at The University of Southern Denmark of Master students at the University and Master Mariner students at The Svendborg International Maritime Academy, Svendborg in Denmark. Dr. Froholdt served as a research assistant at The University of Southern Denmark (2009-2010), and then accepted a position as Senior Research Associate at The Maritime Development Centre of Europe (2011). Here she worked with EU research projects and communication activities. Before joining the WMU Faculty (2013), Dr. Froholdt took up a position as Visiting Professor at Chalmers University of Technology (2012) in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she led several EU research projects and lectured Master Mariners students in Human Factors.

Her current research focus is on Human Factors, Communication (crisis and routine), Educational Psychology and Psychotraumatology in Pirate hijacking.


Dr. Lisa Froholdt teaches in the MET specialization at World Maritime University. She received her Bachelor degree in Social Education (1989) from University College Zealand, Denmark, a Diploma in Psychology (2001) and a M.A. (Master of Arts) in Educational Psychology (2005) from The Danish University of Education in Denmark. Dr. Froholdt completed her Ph.D. in Maritime Human Factors (2012) from University of Southern Denmark.