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.
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 (coming soon).
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).
Project ResOrt succesfully completed
(26.10.2020) Part two of volume 8 of the publication series introduces a pilot concept on how to strenghten community resilience through networking between disaster management and other community actors. The pilot concept “Resilient Communities” details a participatory process, which brings together different actors in a series of workshops in order to facilitate an exchange of ideas on disaster preparedness, vulnerabilities, resources and appropriate measures to strengthen community resilience. The publication is available for download and at the usual conditions in the Red Cross Shop (in German).
Joint project AMBOSafe has started (BRC)
(19.10.2020) We are pleased to announce a new project of the Bavarian Red Cross (BRC) as part of the funding measure "Anwender-Innovativ". The aim of the „AMBOSafe" project is a supraregional, cross-organizational and multi-perspective analysis on the topic of violence against employees and staff of authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS). The project will include both the experience of emergency services and the perspectives of the perpetrators in order to be able to examine the dynamics of the situation in its entirety. In the long term, this should be a crucial step towards violence prevention and increase the subjective feeling of security of the emergency services.