Resilience and Risks Mitigation Strategies

NEWS | European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) 2015
The conference will offer a unique platform for researchers, policy makers, and businesses to share new research results, novel policy developments, and practical implementation experiences regarding climate change impacts and adaptation, as well as highlight opportunities for business innovations aimed at supporting the transition to low carbon societies.

Important Deadlines
Abstracts Submission Deadline | 1st of February 2015

Conference | 12th to 14th
May 2015 Bella Center, Copenhagen

NEWS | Disaster resilience and reconstruction – fully funded PhD studentships
The international multi award-winning School of Art, Design and Architecture, at the University of Huddersfield, is delighted to announce 20 competitive PhD Scholarships for 2015. These scholarships  include the  support for successful candidates in disaster resilience, management and reconstruction to develop their research, whilst also providing opportunities to gain career-enhancing teaching experience and teaching-related skills. The School’s mission is to foster the next generation of creative researchers, and boasts a dynamic and interactive learning community that allows staff and students to nurture, develop and exploit their talents.


The deadline for the receipt of applications is dependent on proposed start date:
•   For April 2015 start date - End Dec 2014                                                                   
•   For October 2015 start date  - End Jun 2015

Further details
on other topics of interest, funding information , eligibility criteria and how to apply are available  at:

RRMS Thematic Group Meeting at AESOP 2014 conference, Utrecht/Delft, The Netherlands

Saturday 12 July, 2014 11:00 – 12:30 | Thematic Group Meeting 4 , Room 033
Agenda of RRMS meeting | DOWNLOAD FILE

Conference call: “Disasters, Conflicts, Social Crises and Mass Emergency Population Movements with Special Reference to the Middle East Refugees”

Published at: 15 June 2016

Disaster, Conflict, Social Crisis Research Network (DCSCRN) of the
European Sociological Association (ESA)
METU, Ankara, Turkey 29 - 31 October 2016

The current political state of affairs in the Middle East and the resulting influx of population in the European countries acquired proportions of a major human tragedy, and imposed extra burdens on economies already in crises. This creates an immediate need for informed international cooperation. Management of the problem has explicit political, military, and economic dimensions. Yet not of lesser significance are the legal and socio-cultural aspects, and the need to understand the human experience embedded in the process at levels of individuals, families, and communities. The sociological approach to the problem could explain not only the underlying realities of this vast human suffering, but also points to relevant policy issues, foremost to the ‘human rights’ perspective, which need our immediate attention.

Human populations are in general geographically embedded in the contemporary socio-political and ecological existence. Superior standards of living in some geographical areas could attract individuals from areas of inferior standards of life. This is often a long-term trend even if no less of a problem. Yet abrupt ‘natural’ and ‘technological’ disasters, as well as wars, climate change impacts, and economic crises can be powerful agents of population movements, as livelihoods rapidly deteriorate in the “affected” areas, and immediate change of location becomes an imperative. Such movements could occur between regions within a country, between different countries, and even between different continents.

Depending on the nature of causes, options of the displaced population, and the attitudes, material conditions, and the social environment of the arrival location, movements can be temporary relocation (e.g. evacuation) or more permanent resettlement (e.g. migration). Mass emergency movements of population often give rise to processes of social disruptions. Breakdown of families and communities generates insecurities ranging from health problems, educational disorders, labor exploitation, to criminal exposure. Capacities of coping with challenges faced, and processes of smooth adaptation may vary in relation to age, education, and wealth. Conversely, constraints or inhibiting factors may prevail in the movement of populations as in the case of deprivation from human rights, language and religion barriers, epidemics, or acts of terrorism.

Papers are invited on this rich area of observations, research and theoretical discussion focusing on any aspect of the human population movements as a result of disasters, conflict and crises.
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RRMS Group on Linkedin

Published at: 7 December 2015

In order to facilitate faster and better communication between AESOP members with an interest in Resilience and Risks Mitigation Strategies a new...

The Thematic Group “Resilience and Risks Mitigation Strategies – RRMS” has the overall aim to enhance debate, educational coordination, research, policies and practices on resilience strategies and risk mitigation and adaptation for sustainable spatial development within Europe

Coordinated by: Dr. Richard Sliuzas