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ROBUST Crisis Governance in Turbulent Times – Mindset, Evidence, Strategies

Objective

The focus of European post-pandemic politics is currently on enhancing system capacities for ‘bouncing back’ from crisis to normalcy. These efforts draw on resilience research, which has become the dominant paradigm in crisis management. However, there are broad governance challenges that the resilience approach fails to consider. Centrally, how can European societies harness flexible adaptation and proactive innovation to deliver effective crisis responses in situations, where going back to the way things were is neither possible nor desirable? And how can democratic institutions uphold core values such as democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights in the face of crisis-induced turbulence?

To address these challenges, the ROBUST project aims to set in motion a paradigm shift from ‘resilience’ (‘bouncing back’) to ‘robustness’ (‘building back better’) as the central principle of future crisis governance. The project breaks new ground by operationalizing the concept of robust crisis governance and investigating such responses empirically. We combine historical and comparative analysis at EU, national and local levels to gather a multi-dimensional data set out of which we identify the configurations of factors that drive (or block) robustness in crisis governance. The project studies responses by EU institutions and eight European countries to three recent crises (the financial, refugee and COVID-19 crises) to understand general patterns in system-level crises response, while we also conduct in-depth studies of localized COVID-19 responses ‘on the streets’ of 16 European localities to understand how EU, national and local crisis responses interact and are experienced by citizens.

On this basis, the project delivers the elements of a new mindset along with policy recommendations for enabling the robust crisis governance of the future, all anchored in a learning hub that will serve as the social engine of the paradigm shift envisioned by the project.

Coordinator

ROSKILDE UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 715 536,25
Address
Universitetsvej 1
4000 Roskilde
Denmark

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Region
Danmark Sjælland Østsjælland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (9)

TALLINNA TEHNIKAÜLIKOOL
Estonia
Net EU contribution
€ 288 712,50
Address
Ehitajate Tee 5
12616 Tallinn

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Region
Eesti Eesti Lõuna-Eesti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 306 382,50
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 524 550,00
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 505 763,75
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht

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Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH ALLIANCE
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 292 450,00
Address
Rue De Treves 49-51
1040 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NORD UNIVERSITET
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 118 706,25
Address
Universitetsalleen 11
8026 Bodo

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Norge Nord-Norge Nordland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 101 490,00
Address
Calle Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza

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Region
Noreste Aragón Zaragoza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BUDAPESTI CORVINUS EGYETEM
Hungary
Net EU contribution
€ 57 816,25
Address
Fovam Ter 8
1093 Budapest

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Region
Közép-Magyarország Budapest Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Masarykova univerzita
Czechia
Net EU contribution
€ 83 618,75
Address
Zerotinovo Namesti 9
601 77 Brno

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Region
Jihovýchod Jihomoravský kraj
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00