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Nilsson, Daniel

Daniel Nilsson is Senior Lecturer at the Division of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University.


  • B. Sc. in Fire Protection Engineering, Lund University, Sweden (2002)
  • PhD in Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University, Sweden (2009)
  • Excellent Teaching Practitioner (ETP), Lund University, Sweden (2010)
  • Reader (sv. Docent) in Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University, Sweden (2013)


  • Introduction to Fire Safety Engineering (course responsible, coordinator, lecturer, supervisor)
  • Fire Dynamics Advanced (lecturer, supervisor)
  • Fire Dynamics (lecturer, supervisor)
  • Fire Safety Evaluation (lecturer)
  • Human Behaviour in Fire (course responsible, coordinator, lecturer, supervisor)

Research areas: 

My area of expertise is Human Behaviour in Fire, and my research is mainly focused on the interaction between people and evacuation systems, e.g., way-finding systems and fire alarms. In my PhD thesis, I examined how people’s choice of exit can be influenced by different visual way-finding systems. These types of systems can potentially be used to optimise evacuation by helping people to find the most appropriate way out, e.g., away from danger zones/fire. After defending my PhD in 2009, I have continued my research on the interaction between people and evacuation systems. Recent studies have involved evaluation of both visual and auditory way-finding systems in smoke filled tunnels, as well as studies on the design of fire alarms and way-finding systems in high-rise buildings. Some of these studies have involved the use of Virtual Reality methods. 

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(You can also find me in Research Gate and LinkedIn)

Telephone: +46 46 222 95 93

E-mail: daniel.nilsson (a)