Project Information


Project duration

  • January 2015 – December 2017

Project partners in Germany

  • Freie Universität Berlin, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Berlin
  • Friedrich-Schiller University, Research Unit for Intercultural and Complex Working Worlds (FinkA), Jena
  • German Red Cross (DRK), Secretariat-General, Berlin

Associate partners in India

  • National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore
  • Indian Police Service


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Research Focus and Approach 

The project aims at strengthening disaster management by incorporation of (unaffilated) volunteers

This requires knowledge about:

  • Needs (vulnerability) and
    self-help potentials (resilience)
    of people affected and general
  • Cooperation of disaster management
    with various actors
  • Motivation of volunteers

Therefore a multi-level- and multi-dimensional methodological approach is applied:

Hazards: flooding, heat waves and economic crisis

Spatial levels: metropolis, medium sized city, rural area