At the IRS scientists conduct research on resilience related to dangers and uncertainties that are not only connected with natural events. These endangerments can also evolve due to technical, economic or social causes. The term resilience is used in a generic manner so it can be applied to a broad variety of topics that are currently under discussion – assuming that they could increase uncertainties in the future. These topics include the challenges of climate change; the vulnerability of so-called critical infrastructure systems to disasters, natural phenomena and terrorist attacks; side-effects of human interference with complex systems (e. g. stock markets, ecological systems, cultural landscapes); new volatile labour markets of a globalised knowledge economy or stigmatisation processes of spaces (intensified by the media) and their consequences.

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11. October | 2017

On December 4 and December 5, 2017, the IRS-coordinated European Training Network "RurAction" helds the International Conference "Challenges and Opportunities of Structurally Weak Rural Regions in Europe. Social Innovations and Social Enterprises Acting Under Adverse Circumstances". The Conference marks the start of the project research and takes place at Adam Mickiewicz Universität Poznan (Poland). Abstracts of possible contributions can be submitted until October 30, 2017. more info

01. March | 2017

In December 2016, the IRS started the European Training Network “Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions: Analysing Innovative Troubleshooters in Action” (RurAction). With the recruitment process for the Early Stage Researchers on the way, the project launched its website in late February. For the coming three-and-a-half years, it will serve as the main hub for information on the project, its researchers, topics and outcomes. more info