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.
Reducing Social Vulnerability by Innovative Data Fusion
(16.08.2021) The Estonian partner case study of the GRC within the EU-funded BuildERS research project has published a factsheet of its key results. Within their case study our Estonian partners developed a dashboard which enables an anonymous analysis of mobile positioning data regarding the distribution and movement of people across Estonia at different points in time. Based on such data it is possible to identify the number of people within each region of Estonia at any given time and their movements across the country. Additionally, it is also possible to determine some key characteristics of local populations. For example, the share of people living in an area, the share of people who are visiting it as tourists, and the proportion of people who have a secondary home in the area and can, potentially, relocate to their primary home. Overall, the dashboard is a useful tool for analyzing population movement patterns during previous disasters and for planning both transport corridors as well as emergency procedures. A detailed report of the results of the case study is also available on the BuildERS website.
Networking and cooperation in times of crisis
(10.08.2021) Volume 10 of the publication series focuses on health care and the - partly intensified, partly new - networks with different actors during the refugee relief in 2015/16. The published findings are based on the research project SiKoMi. The first part deals with access to health services for refugees. Furthermore, results from three case sites are used to show how the GRC provided care. The latter is supplemented by the experiences of employees of a health department. The publication is available for download and at the usual conditions in the Red Cross Shop (in German).
Why are some individuals particularly vulnerable to flooding and COVID-19?
(14.06.2021) In cooperation with the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen the GRC has recently completed a case study as part of the ongoing EU-funded BuildERS research project. This study examined, based on the case example of the city of Dresden and its surrounding area, which factors can explain why some persons were more vulnerable than others in regard to the Elbe flooding from 2002, 2006 and 2013, as well as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, potential ways to reduce the context dependent vulnerability of the afflicted persons, as well as improving their resilience, were also investigated. Both a series of qualitative expert interviews and a quantitative online survey of people affected by the disasters of interes were carried out. In addition, potential social innovations capable of improving the resilience of the affected against disasters were derived from the results. The report is available for download on the BuildERS project site.
Civil society actors in the GRC refugee relief 2015/16
(21.05.2021) Volume 9 of the publication series deals with the GRC refugee aid operation 2015/16. The first part documents the experiences of GRC-employees, which were collected as part of the research project WAKE. Thereby, the focus is set on the coopations with civil society actory. As a thematic introduction, the change in social engagement behaviour as well as its effects on the forms of cooperation between aid organisations and civil society are analysed. The publication os available for download and at the usual conditions in the Red Cross Shop (in German).