The occurrences of crises confront social actors with the challenge to find specific solutions and to build up resilience. Crises as well as resilience strategies generally have socio-spatial implications that have only been investigated unsystematically so far. At the IRS the researchers systematically look at the concepts of crisis, vulnerability and resilience from a social science perspective and with regard to socio-spatial dimensions. Based on assumptions of social construction and a relational theory of space, social perceptions and social practices of coping with endangerments are conceptualised and theorised. The goal is to extend existing approaches to crisis and resilience and to make them accessible for the future application in research on society and space.

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14. October | 2016

Crises rarely occur in isolation from one another. Only by using this dictum one can grasp what can be witnessed today: a growing number of increasingly interconnected crises. Recurring financial and economic crises, municipalities and counties burdened by austerity measures, the effects of demographic and climate change, global migration flows, and increasingly polarised societies mean that cities and regions in particular face great challenges. more info