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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