Interdisciplinary approach to disaster resilience education and research

Michael Havbro Faber, Luisa Giuliani, A. Revez, S. Jayasena, J. Sparf, J. M. Mendez

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This paper is based on the results of a survey on “Interdisciplinary working in disaster resilience” conducted by the WP4 work group of the ANDROID Network. The survey had the aim of gathering information on the state of art and practice in the field of disaster resilience and promoting co-operation and interdisciplinary methodologies in research and education. The survey has
been carried out by means of a questionnaire focusing on disaster-resilience projects and on the main challenges faced in interdisciplinary working. The results of the questionnaire, which collected 57 answers from more than 20 European countries and few extra European countries as well, allow for three main considerations: i) projects involved 5 different disciplines as average and geography and sociology were present in the majority of the projects; ii) the level of interconnection between disciplines seems intermediate, meaning that information and methods are exchanged, but a full integration of methods and
concepts into a common shared language and system of axioms is missing; iii) the lack of a common framework and common terminology represents a major barrier to good interdisciplinary work. The results highlight the role played in disaster-resilience design by social and cultural aspects, which are instead not often adequately considered in the practice. The establishment of an education on resilient design of urban system, which includes both social and technological aspects, emerges as a possible solution to overcome barriers to interdisciplinary work and improve the efficacy and quality of resilience design.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProcedia Economics and Finance
Issue number18
Pages (from-to)601-609
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event4th International Conference on Building Resilience - MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 201411 Sep 2014
Conference number: 4


Conference4th International Conference on Building Resilience
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySalford Quays
Internet address

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This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license


  • ANDROID Network
  • Interdisciplinary work
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Survey
  • Questionairre
  • Transdisciplinary approach
  • Education

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