Third-party funded project

Experts in crises

Research Department: Dynamics of Economic Spaces

IRS Research Topic: Conceptual Approaches to Crisis and Resilience

Project Leader within IRS: Prof. Dr. Oliver Ibert

Project Team: Dr. Verena Brinks

Funding Organization: Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

Duration: 07/2016 - 10/2016

Crises can be characterized as dramatic situations, creating a sense of urgency for decision makers. These decision makers operate under conditions of high uncertainty and non-knowledge in order to mitigate and solve the crisis situation. Consulting experts prior to making decisions is increasingly recognized as important in crisis situations. The project reviews relevant literature on the relation between “experts” and “decision makers” in crisis contexts. The project is embedded in the Leibniz Research Alliance “Crises in a Globalised World” and is part of the project group “Experts in Crises”. Specific emphasis of the project is laid on the question in how far crises do also provide opportunities for structural change and normative re-orientation and under which conditions crises may turn into such opportunities for learning.