Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Freie Universität Berlin

The Disaster Research Unit at the Department of Political and Social Sciences specializes on social-scientific disaster research. Within this project, the DRU develops an integrative and transdisciplinary framework to evaluate vulnerabilities, and investigates the heterogeneous needs and coping capacities within the population.

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Martin Voss
Contact: Daniel F. Lorenz, daniel.lorenz[at]

German Red Cross

General Secretariat – Security Research

The German Red Cross is an important actor of civil protection in every federal state. Care services are of special importance in this context, guaranteeing the continued care of those affected by disasters – mostly based on volunteer work. For INVOLVE, the areas of responsibility of the German Red Cross are examined in order to integrate new forms of commitment and engagement into disaster management adequately.

Contact: Matthias Max, maxm[at]

Research Group Intercultural and complex Working Worlds (FinkA)

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

FinkA, situated within the Intercultural Business Communication program of the university, works on modern work worlds in an international and intercultural context. For INVOLVE, FinkA comparatively studies the sources and cultures of volunteer commitments as well as training opportunities and organizational structures of disaster management in India and Germany.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Stefan Strohschneider, stefan.strohschneider[at]

National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)

National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) was conceived and founded in 1988 by the late Mr. J. R. D. Tata, who sought to create an institution to conduct advanced multidisciplinary research.  The philosophy underlying NIAS is given shape by its research teams, which are drawn from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, humanities and arts. The Institute is unique in its integrated approach to the study of intersections between science and technology, philosophy, social issues and leadership. The objective is to nurture a broad base of scholars, managers and leaders who would respond to the complex challenges that face contemporary India and global society, with insight, sensitivity, confidence and dedication.

Contact: narendar.pani[at]