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.
Workshop „Learning from refugee aid: Opportunities through voluntary work“
23.11.2019: As part of the WAKE research project, the research department of the GRC Headquarter organised a workshop called "Learning from refugee aid: Opportunities through voluntary work", moderated by research associate Elisabeth Olfermann. Together with experts from different German Red Cross regional and district branches and researchers, the participants discussed various questions around cooperation with civil society actors and knowledge management using the example of the refugee situation 2015/16 in Germany. The insights gained will now be incorporated into the preparations for a quantitative survey to be conducted in the first half of 2020.
Workshop "European Security Research" in Brussels
20./21.11.2019: This year, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research once again invited interested parties to Brussels to discuss the current state of European security research. For this year's event entitled "Civil Security in Horizon Europe: Quo vadis?", Matthias Max represented the German Red Cross at the panel "Rivalry or Symbiosis? Practitioners and SMEs in European Security Research". There he introduced the EU project BuildERS to the audience and discussed the transferability of research results into practice with the other panelists from authorities and organisations with security related tasks.
Documentation of field operations
(23.10.2019) In January 2019, five counties in Upper Bavaria officially declared the emergency status due to heavy snowfalls. The German Red Cross documented the snow operation in Bavaria from the perspective of the Bavarian Red Cross, based on interviews with full-time staff and volunteers. The documentation focuses on the affected population, major challenges in providing assistance for the most vulnerable people as well as maintaining the reliability of health infrastructures.
(19.08.2019) The second part of Volume 5 is dealing with the role of Digital Volunteers - people who help in a crisis via the internet. This potential of digital assistance also offers many new opportunities for volunteering in disaster management. As an example, a digital volunteer can be deployed as a social media expert, assist in monitoring social Media, or even conduct digital social space mapping and other tasks that can be done online. International concepts and research results from the K3 project, workshops and an deployment exercise offer precise information of possible implementation within the GRC.