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emBRACE: Building Resilience Amongst Communities in Europe


Project Information

The aim of the emBRACE project is to build resilience to disasters amongst communities in Europe. To achieve this, it is vital to merge research knowledge, networking and practices as a prerequisite for more coherent scientific approaches.
The project develops a conceptual and methodological approach to clarify how the resilience capacity of a society confronted with natural hazards and disasters can be characterized, defined and measured. To maximize the benefit of existing information and new ideas on resilience, various stakeholders and experts will be incorporated into different knowledge-sharing groups.

Specific objectives

  • Identify the key dimensions of resilience across a range of disciplines and domains;
  • Develop indicators and indicator systems to measure resilience concerning natural disaster events;
  • Provide a general conceptual framework of resilience, ‘tested’ and grounded in cross-cultural contexts;
  • Build networks and share knowledge across a range of stakeholders;
  • Tailor communication products and project outputs and outcomes effectively to multiple collaborators, stakeholders and user groups.

emBRACE Factsheet No. 1

The emBRACE project will develop a widely tested and acceptable framework (or frameworks) with more than academic utility. This it aims to do through extensive stakeholder involvement from the global, through the international, to the more local. The results will help to provide recommendations on effective yet efficient ways to adapt generic resilience assessments to local contexts in Europe with an explicit recognition of, and sensitivity to, cultural differences. The emBRACE project seeks to impact policy and practice environments which seek to integrate the normally separate domains of disaster risk reduction and climate change.

Consortium and Funding

emBRACE is supported by the European Commission under the Environment (including climate change) Theme of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. The partnership is composed of ten project partners lead by the UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN (UCL) Belgium and the UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE (UoN) United Kingdom.

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emBRACE (2015). The emBRACE Framework of Community Disaster Resilience, (Policy brief), EU project emBRACE Consortium, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. [PDF]

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