The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 571–595 | Cite as

Towards integrative risk management and more resilient societies

  • D. Al-Khudhairy
  • K. Axhausen
  • S. Bishop
  • H. Herrmann
  • B. Hu
  • W. Kröger
  • T. Lewis
  • J. MacIntosh
  • A. Nowak
  • S. Pickl
  • D. Stauffacher
  • E. Tan
Regular Article


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.

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European Physical Journal Special Topic Emergency Management Power Grid Situational Awareness Crisis Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Al-Khudhairy
    • 1
  • K. Axhausen
    • 2
  • S. Bishop
    • 3
  • H. Herrmann
    • 4
  • B. Hu
    • 5
  • W. Kröger
    • 6
  • T. Lewis
    • 7
  • J. MacIntosh
    • 8
  • A. Nowak
    • 9
  • S. Pickl
    • 10
  • D. Stauffacher
    • 11
  • E. Tan
    • 12
  1. 1.Global Security and Crisis Management Unit, Institute for the Protection and Security of the CitizenJoint Research CentreIspraItaly
  2. 2.ETH Zürich, Institut für Verkehrsplanung/TransportsystemeZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Institut für BaustoffeETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  5. 5.Fakultät für BetriebswirtschaftUniversität der Bundeswehr MünchenMünchenGermany
  6. 6.Risk CenterETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  7. 7.Department of Computer ScienceNaval Postgraduate SchoolMontereyCAUSA
  8. 8.Institute for Security & Resilience StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  9. 9.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityFloridaUSA
  10. 10.Fakultät für Informatik, Institut für Theoretische Informatik, Mathematik und Operations ResearchUniversität der Bundeswehr MünchenMünchenGermany
  11. 11.ICT4Peace FoundationGenèveSwitzerland
  12. 12.National Security Coordination CentreRAHS Solutions Centre, RPOSingaporeSingapore

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