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Human behaviour in crisis situations: A cross cultural investigation to tailor security-related communication

Objective

The aim of the proposed project is to investigate cross-cultural and ethnic differences of human behaviour in crisis situations in order to better tailor security related communication, instructions and procedures with a view to improving evacuation and protection. The project will provide evidence that will be useful to first responders, building designers and those involved in the development of emergency operating procedures for buildings. The BeSeCu project employs two research strategies: A) A cross-cultural survey of individual experiences will be conducted to identify determinants of inter-individual differences in people who have experienced evacuation situations, fire disaster survivors and survivors of similar crisis situations, but also workers and first responders as well as those affected in the community. This retrospective study will be carried out across 7 European countries with diverse cultural background. B) Experimental trials will be carried out in three countries simulating real time evacuation scenarios in standardized settings including objective measures (e.g. response time) as outcomes as well as video-tape analysis. Results will be analysed to identify similarities and differences between cultures and ethnic groups as well as a range of socioeconomic factors. The analysis will triangulate findings obtained with objective measures, subjective experiences and behavioural observations. Two types of research findings and products will be provided by the BeSeCu projects: (A) An evidence base that will enable designers of buildings to develop culturally appropriate emergency operating procedures. (B) An evidence base of inter-individual differences that will be employed to develop a culture sensitive communication training to improve emergency interventions. The research will be carried out by a consortium of 8 European partners including end-users (e.g. fire service colleges) in the process of research.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET GREIFSWALD
Address
Domstrasse 11
17489 Greifswald
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 555 854,99
Administrative Contact
Silke Schmidt (Prof.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 38 465,01
Address
Martinistrasse 52
20251 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silke Schmidt (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 501 870
Address
Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich
SE10 9LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alison Yakub (Ms.)
THE MAIN SCHOOL OF FIRE SERVICE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 206 160
Address
Slowackiego 52/54
01-629 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Grzegorz Beltowski (Mr.)
Ambulance and Emergency Physicians Association
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 136 080
Address
Hurriyet Bulvari 1
35210 Izmir
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
M.Turhan Sofuoglu (Dr.)
NARODNI USTAV DUSEVNIHO ZDRAVI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 198 600
Address
Topolova 748
250 67 Klecany
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jiří Vítek (Mr.)
MTO SAKERHET 2010 AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 213 000
Address
Hornsbruksgatan 28
117 34 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lena Kecklund (Dr.)
Landesfeuerwehrschule Hamburg Hamburg Fire and Emergency Service Academy
Germany
EU contribution
€ 89 076
Address
Bredowstrasse 4
22113 Hamburg
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Linder
INSTITUT DE SEGURETAT PUBLICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Ctra. C-17, Barcelona-ripoll, Km. 13,5
08100 Mollet Del Valles
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joan Josep Guillem (Mr.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 34 702
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luca Pietrantoni (Prof.)