Dynamic Innovation Networks (DINs) in Disaster Management

The research project ended with the successful defense of the thesis "Real-time foresight - preparedness for dynamic innovation networks" at 20.12.2016 at Leiden University.

Funded by the Hella Langer Foundation, this research project examines the emergence and rapid development of dynamic actor networks in disaster relief and reconstruction.

The collaboration of different actors is reconstructed using the example of the 2004 Tsunami in South India. The study particularly explores the NGO cooperation between global and local levels and the realisation of sustainable and innovative results.

For all use of new information technologies, decentralized coordination and sustainability of the desired reconstruction programs - the effective long-term, local roots of the measures - still troubles all stakeholders: Aid agencies and private actors as well as governmental and communal leaders.

Using a mixed-method approach combined of Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and Critical Incident Method, action sequences of three different networks are compared. The results are relevant for recent disaster research as well as for the network theory. Recommendations for actors who collaborate in global disasters with local NGOs are derived.

Besides first papers, further research achievements of this research project have already been incurred. In collaboration with the doctoral network NITIM a Marie Curie Graduate Program from the European 7th Framework Programme for Research was - PEOPLE requested that begins at the European partner universities in the fall of 2013.

The SCE research focus Disaster Management will also be expanded at the University of Munich with private and public partners. Networks with the upcoming Masters of Disaster Management Department 08 - Faculty of Geoinformation and the project MEPKA 04 - are planned. Further collaborations are welcome.