Data in Crisis: anticipating risk, vulnerability, and resilience through communication infrastructures


This paper explores the implications of having interactions around crises progressively based in data and their infrastructures. Drawing on applied research from multidisciplinary projects to design data infrastructures to support collaboration and situational awareness in crises, we explore how these infrastructures become fundamental to how crisis communication and governance can and does work. In the […]

Machine Speed Strategic Analysis – Using AI to unlock information advantage

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“Machine Speed Strategic Analysis” is a constant and top-level requirement within the MoD, but what exactly does it mean? Machine speed analysis is the ability to process vast amounts of data to examine or determine their relationship or value much quicker than could be done by humans and to produce a statement of findings. The […]

Closing the risk perception gap to increase disaster resilience

What is the risk perception gap and how does it affect our societies resilence to disasters? Disasters have severe and far-reaching human and economic impacts. The resilience of societies requires interaction between Civil Protection Authorities and citizens. However, a Risk Perception Action Gap (RPAG) exists that can be understood as the mismatch between the risk […]

Better preparedness and response for emergency situations in Europe


In recent years, there have been increasing instances of cross-border crises, including climate change, terrorism, international trade disputes and global health threats, like the COVID-19 pandemic. These emergency situations require large-scale planning for preparedness and response in order for countries to be able to cope with unforeseen challenges. The European Commission has recently funded many […]

Inclusive Communication to Influence Behaviour Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic and its accompanying “infodemic” lend new urgency to the study and practice of risk communication. It is particularly crucial to effectively communicate information to vulnerable groups, which is to say those that are especially susceptible to harm: this includes persons with underlying health conditions or disabilities, elderly people, the socioeconomically disadvantaged, and […]

Unprotected children fighting adults’ wars

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As part of our work in Human Security and Human Rights we study and unpack issues such as Human Trafficking. In this guest blog, Laura Bakx provides a valuable insight on gaps within the international legal framework prohibiting the use of child soldiers and its impact on the protection of children. Despite the plethora of […]

Assessing the ethical impact of new standards for more effective crisis management


The Ethical Impact Assessment (EIA) is a systematic approach to mapping information flows, identifying challenges and opportunities and providing a set of recommendations on best practices for prioritising ethics and societal values during the design, development, and implementation of technologies, products, standards, and processes. The analysis of the ethical and societal issues of (pre)standardisation processes […]

Exploring human security by analysing news coverage

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A recurring challenge for military and humanitarian planners attempting to understand and map the human security environment is how to obtain real-time, location-specific and contextualised information. Moving closer towards understanding the human security landscape from the perspective of affected populations can help ensure that human security planning and provisions are increasingly tailored to that local context. […]