emBRACE - Building Resilience Amongst Communities in Europe
Start date: 1 October 2011
End date: 30 September 2015

The primary aim of the emBRACE project is to build resilience to disasters amongst communities in Europe. To achieve this, it is vital to merge forces in research knowledge, networking and practices as a prerequisite for more coherent scientific approaches. This we will do in the most collaborative way possible.

Specific objectives
•Identify the key dimensions of resilience across a range of disciplines and domains
•Develop indicators and indicator systems to measure resilience concerning natural disaster events
•Model societal resilience through simulation experiments
•Provide a general conceptual framework of resilience, ‘tested’ and grounded in cross-cultural contexts
•Build networks and share knowledge across a range of stakeholders
•Tailor communication products and project outputs and outcomes to multiple collaborators, stakeholders and user groups.

If you would like to contribute to the discussions as we develop these ideas, please contact Prof Maureen Fordham, the Scientific Coordinator of the project maureen.fordham@northumbria.ac.uk or Dr Hugh Deeming the Technical Officer (Science) of the project hugh.deeming@northumbria.ac.uk.

You can also subscribe to the new DISASTER-RESILIENCE discussion list https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=DISASTER-RESILIENCE which was launched on 13 October 2011, the International Day of Disaster Reduction http://www.unisdr.org/2011/iddr/

YouTube Video: Landslide event in the community of Corvara, South Tyrol, April 2014 ‎:IN GERMAN


7th July 2015

An interesting description of the South Tyrol case study analysis has appeared in SEI news: here

24th June 2015

A big day for the emBRACE Project:

Deliverable 3.5 Guidelines for development of indicators, indicator systems and provider challenges

...has been delivered to the European Commission and is downloadable from the outputs page.


1st June 2015

Four new deliverables added to Outputs page:

1) D3.2 - Disaster impact and land use data analysis in the context of a resilience relevant footprint
2) D4.2 - Mapping of social networks as a measure of social resilience of agents
3) D4.4/4.5 - Developing agent-based models for community resilience
Connecting indicators and interventions

4) D7.2 - 2nd EAG Session Brief.  This document acts as the first substantive presentation and explanation of the emBRACE Community Disaster Resilience Framework


14th April 2015

All emBRACE case-study reports now delivered:  including overview (D5.1) which is available to download from the main 'Case-Studies' page

31st March 2015
Report - Personal Attributes and Cognition for Psycho-social resilience from narratives (D4.1) available on outputs page
Report - Alpine Hazards in South Tyrol (Italy) and Grison (Switzerland) (D5.4) available on case-study page
9th March 2015 - New emBRACE Factsheet (MS46) containing final Framework completed in time for WCDRR Conference in Sendai  (Downloadable from Outputs page)

31st Dec 2014 - Two emBRACE case-study reports submitted to EU.  Earthquakes in Turkey (D5.3) and: Floods in Northern England (D5.6) are now accessible from this website's case-study pages

- The Synthesis Report on the Revised emBRACE Framework (D6.6) is also accessible from the site's 'Outputs' page
4-5th Nov 2014 - Thomas Abeling (UNS-EHS) has won the Young Researcher award at the DKKV conference in Leipzig, for a presentation in which he advocated for the emBRACE Framework
 Image source: DKKV




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