Collaboration for Resilience in Asia focus of new Mid Sweden University project

Collaboration for Resilience in Asia focus of new Mid Sweden University project

The Mid Sweden University Risk and Crisis Research Centre, RCR, will coordinate a three-year project with partners from six different countries with a focus on resilient communities in Asia.

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The project aims at strengthening collaboration among universities, public authorities, NGOs and the industry from the perspective of disaster risk reduction and the consequences of climate change.

The project received funding from ERASMUS+ to the amount of SEK 10 Million and will start in January 2021.

“This is very positive news for Mid Sweden University and for our risk and crisis research, since there are few projects of this type that receive funding at all and even fewer that are coordinated by a Swedish higher education institution. Competition in this field is fierce and this is an important step in terms of our strategy to become more competitive at an international level," says Anders Fällström, Vice-Chancellor of Mid Sweden University.

In addition to Mid Sweden University, European partners include the University of Central Lancashire and University of Huddersfield in Great Britain and Tallinn Technical University in Estonia.

Nine Asian universities are also part of the project, including the universities of Ruhuna, Sri Jayewardenepura and Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, Chiang Mai, Naresuan, Mahasarakham universities in Thailand, and Ateneo de Manila University, Philippine Normal University, and Malayan Colleges Laguna in the Philippines.  

The project starts in January 2021. A large part of the work during the project’s first year will center on mapping the structure of collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation in disaster risk reduction in the project’s partner countries in Asia. The goal of the project is to build up capacity in order to ameliorate the consequences of climate-related crises.

“We have extensive experience in researching collaboration between authorities and other organisations in crises, and one of the main goals of this project is to contribute to the development the capacity for collaborative activities in Asia. These are complex issues, but the goal is to work together to find models and methods that can also be used in other parts of the world," says Evangelia Petridou, Assistant professor of Public Administration at Mid Sweden University.

Visit the project's webb page.
 

For further information, please contact:
Evangelia Petridou, Assistant professor of Public Administration at Mid Sweden University, evangelia.petridou@miun.se, +46(0)10-142 83 18
Jörgen Sparf, Associate professor of Sociology at Mid Sweden University, jorgen.sparf@miun.se, +46(0)10-142 82 76