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Research Network on Emergency Resources Supply Chain

Objective

The ability of national and international agencies to cope effectively with large-scale natural disasters is becoming more and more important. The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA, 2016) reports an increase in the frequency and impact of large-scale natural disasters in both the developed and developing world. Recent extreme events such as Storm Jonas (2016, USA), the earthquake and tsunami in Tōhoku (2011) and New Zealand (2016) have demonstrated the need for a rapid and effective external response to complex events, and the impact on the human population when this is delayed or inadequate. The Emergency Resources Supply Chain (ERSC) has a crucial role in promoting the effective application of disaster management, and differs from conventional supply chains in several ways. The unique characteristics of ERSC include: a) having to analyse all the demands in a very short period of time, using limited resources. b) having to be designed, constructed and maintained in order to support continuous and smooth materials and information flows, and c) having to include a set of diverse plans, resources, authorities, agencies, and their associated human resources.
A recent review has emphasized the relative scarcity of the literature on these topics, and research on ERSC vulnerability/ resilience is particularly underdeveloped. This project will develop a decision support framework to capture and minimize the vulnerability of ERSC in large-scale natural disasters, and increase resilience when impacted by adverse circumstances. This joint collaboration will a) explore and understand the nature of ERSC vulnerability and the root causes of failures, and b) develop and enhance a framework for identifying the vulnerable components and evaluating the performance. The research results will facilitate the analysis of the relationship between ERSC vulnerability and capacity, and therefore increase resilience to adverse circumstance.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/natural disaster

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
Address
Rodney Street 2 Egerton Court
L3 5UX Liverpool
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 299 000

Participants (5)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 174 800
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 170 200
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 170 200
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 147 200
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 142 600
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (3)

MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY
Thailand
Address
Ratchawithi Road 420/6
10400 Bangkok
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - VIETNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY - HA NOI
Vietnam
Address
Building E3, 144 Xuan Thuy Road, Cau Giay
100000 Hanoi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Wuhan University of Technology
China
Address
Luoshi Road 122
430070 Wuhan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments