Elise Miller-Hooks
GMU


BuildERS: Building European Communities’ Resilience and Social Capital

 

Project Abstract

figure 58The Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction 2015-2030 points out that global evidence indicates that in all countries the exposure of people and assets to disasters has increased faster than attempts to decrease vulnerability. The Framework underlines an all-society engagement, which addresses the most vulnerable groups, whilst accounting for contextual and cultural differences. It also calls for a more explicit focus on people, their health and livelihoods,
and the local level, since individuals and local communities possess their own capabilities, networks, methods, tools and means to absorb impacts and bounce back. Thus, the ‘capital’ that is available at the root-level deserves to be recognised and incorporated in the policies and strategies for disaster risk reduction and enhancing of resilience.

To improve the overall resilience of people, communities and thereby the whole society, the BuildERS project focuses on the most vulnerable individuals, groups and communities. Strengthening the social capital, risk awareness and preparedness of the most vulnerable segments of the societies and communities will increase understanding on what societal resilience comprises. BuildERS will develop knowledge and insights that will device recommendations for policies, plans, strategies, and competencies for building partnerships, networks and trust for progressively fortifying the social capital and resilience against future threats, be they natural or man-induced. The special focus on communities and in particular on the most vulnerable groups answers to the so-far unfulfilled needs of these communities.BuildERS uses several research methods such as i) Stakeholder engagement with co-design and cocreation processes, ii) Field surveying and questionnaires, iii) Comparative research, iv) Multiple case analysis.

Award Period:
2019-2020
Source of Funding:
European Commission of the European Union
Role:
Lead: Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Partners:

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
UNIVERSITETET I STAVANGER
TRANSPORTOKONOMISK INSTITUTT
TARTU ULIKOOL
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
POLIISIAMMATTIKORKEAKOULU
ESTONIAN RESCUE BOARD
STIFTELSEN THE STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE
OU POSITIUM LBS
GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD
ARMEE DU SALUT
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
DEUTSCHES ROTES KREUZ EV
PROVINCIA AUTONOMA DI TRENTO
UNIVERSITY OF INDONESIA
GEORGE MASON RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC

Total Award Amount:
 

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Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Professor
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

Office: 4614 Nguyen Engineering Building

Address:
Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
Fairfax, VA 22030
USA


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