Working with pioneers – the Global Resilience Research Network

As we look forward to participating in the GRRN 2nd Annual Summit on 10-11 April 2019, we take the opportunity to interview Fraunhofer-EMI’s Daniel Hiller on the work of their pioneering collaboration.

In 2018, some of the world’s leading universities and research organisations joined forces under the leadership of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University (Boston, USA) and Fraunhofer EMI(Freiburg, Germany), and launched the Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN).

The Resilience Shift has worked with a number of those leading and contributing to this forum for global collaboration on resilience-building efforts and we are highly supportive of their work. GRRN partners in return have contributed to our work on tools and approaches, and to a number of our agenda-setting research publications.

We recently spoke to Benjamin Scharte from Fraunhofer EMI about the up and coming GRRN Summit 2019. We are particularly keen to hear the keynote on Putting resilience theory into practice by Brian Walker, Research Fellow in the CSIRO and Honorary Professor at the Australian National University.

Daniel Hiller, Head of Strategic Management, Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI) attended our recent workshop on tools and approaches in London.

We took the opportunity to ask him to tell us about the Global Resilience Research Network.

 GRRN is a membership network of leading universities, institutes, non-profit organisations, and companies engaged in resilience research that informs the development of novel tools and applications. It is committed to informing and advancing resilience solutions so that individuals, communities, systems and networks can thrive in the face of acute disturbances – both sudden and slow-moving.

The growing complexity and interdependence of the systems we depend on, and the potential damage shocks and disruptions can cause when these systems are hit, drives the GRRN agenda to develop applicable tools and applications to increase the resilience of infrastructures and societal systems.

We asked Daniel what he considers are the key priorities of resilience research in the near term? He talks about how we measure and quantify resilience, and how we overcome silos and understand inter-dependencies.

This year’s Summit is entitled: Solutions for Global Resilience | Baking Resilience In: Energizing Global Research for Novel Solutions, Applications, Technologies.

More information on sessions and speakers can be found here: grrnsummit.org

Savina Carluccio will be attending GRRN on behalf of the Resilience Shift.

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