Research and development in the GRC
Since 2009, the German Red Cross (GRC) has been dealing with processes of social and technical change in a scientific context. On this website we present our research work at the interface to practice. Here you will find all information and materials on ongoing and completed projects, our research publication series (free download) and other publications on our work.
Project RESIK: Involvement of local stakeholders
(23.11.2021) In the federally funded RESIK research project, the German Red Cross is currently investigating how aid organizations can contribute to the successful evacuation of hospitals. It also focuses on the possible role of aid organizations during the construction of an emergency field hospital as well as the subsequent care of evacuated patients within it. Furthermore, the involvement of relevant local actors and the social space is particularly important in order to ensure a high level of practical relevance.
For this reason, local stakeholders from the Krefeld model region, like providers of critical infrastructures, civil society, medical and nursing care and hazard defense are constantly involved in the research process. Through questions individually tailored to each single actor, the available resources and the state of the art of existing preliminary planning for flood scenarios in Krefeld are currently being determined in preparation for the final command post exercise of the project. The focus here is on communication, alerting, coping capacities, as well as the construction and operation of an emergency field hospital, in which patients can be cared for.
Factsheet for the German case study of the BuildERS research project
(12.11.2021) Together with the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen, the German Red Cross has summarised the results of their joint German case study of the BuildERS research project in a Factsheet. It presents the objectives of the Case Study, the examined cases, and its methodology. However, the Factsheet focuses on the condensed presentation of the central findings of the study and the recommendations for action to improve disaster management, which were derived based on the results. The factsheet is available for download here.
Soon, a new part of the GRC publication series Research Writings will also provide a much more detailed presentation and explanation of the results of the Case Study as well as the recommendations derived based on them.
Project WAKE has been completed
(26.10.2021) The GRC has successfully completed the research project "Migration-related knowledge management for the civil protection of the future" (WAKE) after three years of profitable research work. We are proudly presenting our results in the threepart volume 9 "Findings from the GRC-refugee assistance 2015/16 in Germany" of the publications series and in two handouts on cooperation with civil society actors and dealing with experience and knowledge. On 18th and 19th November, the closing conference will take place together with the SiKoMi project. The programme and further information on registration can be found on the conference page. We cordially invite you to take this opportunity to discuss our project results together with our project partners.
Publication on cooperation with civil society in the framework of refugee aid 2015/16
(14.10.2021) Part 3 of the publication series Volume 9 offers an English summary of the first two parts and presents central findings of the WAKE research project. It gives an overview of the changes in forms of social engagement. In addition, the results of an internal survey are presented and discussed. These include the experiences of working with civil society actors during the refugee situation in 2015/16, the use of support tools and experiential knowledge, as well as needs and structural changes that have occured in the GRC. The publication will be available for download as well as at the usual conditions in the Red Cross Shop.