emBRACE/Building Resilience Amongst Communities in Europe

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    Matthias Garschagen

    Given the current rush in resilience interpretations, the emBRACE project (EU FP7) aims to improve the pan-European framing of the resilience concept. Using interdisciplinary, socially inclusive and collaborative methods, it is developing a conceptual and methodological approach to clarify how the resilience capacity of a society confronted with natural hazards and disasters can be defined and measured. Based on a systematic evaluation of the literature and the different schools of thought, the project has developed an initial conceptual framework on resilience in the context of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Existing data sets as well as resilience processes in selected case study regions are examined to identify variables that provide indications of resilience. The framework and data will then be ‘tested’ and ground truthed by means of the case studies which are differentiated by hazard, governance setting, socio-demographic-economic context and scale.

    Two academic sections of UNU-EHS are involved in this project, i.e. VARMAP (coordinating) and EVES.

    Project Partners: Northumbria University, Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), Academia Europea Bolzano, Italy (EURAC), The Stockholm Environment Institute, York, UK. (SEI-Y), The Stockholm Environment Institute, Oxford, UK. (SEI-O), Kings College London, London, UK. (KCL), Middle East Technical University, Turkey (METU), Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Land-scape Research, Switzerland (WSL), University of Reading, Reading, UK (UoR), Helmholtz-Zentrum Fuer Umweltforschumg GMBH Germany (UFZ)