The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 571–595

Towards integrative risk management and more resilient societies


  • D. Al-Khudhairy
    • Global Security and Crisis Management Unit, Institute for the Protection and Security of the CitizenJoint Research Centre
  • K. Axhausen
    • ETH Zürich, Institut für Verkehrsplanung/Transportsysteme
  • S. Bishop
    • Department of MathematicsUniversity College London
  • H. Herrmann
    • Institut für BaustoffeETH Zürich
  • B. Hu
    • Fakultät für BetriebswirtschaftUniversität der Bundeswehr München
  • W. Kröger
    • Risk CenterETH Zürich
  • T. Lewis
    • Department of Computer ScienceNaval Postgraduate School
  • J. MacIntosh
    • Institute for Security & Resilience StudiesUniversity College London
  • A. Nowak
    • Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic University
    • Fakultät für Informatik, Institut für Theoretische Informatik, Mathematik und Operations ResearchUniversität der Bundeswehr München
  • D. Stauffacher
    • ICT4Peace Foundation
  • E. Tan
    • National Security Coordination CentreRAHS Solutions Centre, RPO
Regular Article

DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2012-01706-0

Cite this article as:
Al-Khudhairy, D., Axhausen, K., Bishop, S. et al. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2012) 214: 571. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2012-01706-0


Society depends decisively on the availability of infrastructure systems such as energy, telecommunication, transportation, banking and finance, health care and governmental and public administration. Even selective damages of one of these infrastructures may result in disruptions of governmental, industrial or public functions. Vulnerability of infrastructures therefore provides spectacular leverage for natural disasters as well as criminal and terrorist actions. Threats and risks are part of the technological, economical, and societal development. This article focuses on the development and characterization of an integrative risk-management which, from the perspective of “resilient systems”, can be seen as an innovative and pro-active crisis management approach dealing with the increasing amount of complexity in societies in a comprehensive, agile and adaptive way.

Graphical abstract

Copyright information

© EDP Sciences and Springer 2012