Disaster Research Unit (DRU)
funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Societal Dimensions of Security)
Funding Code: 13N11150
Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police Office), Criminalistic-Criminological Research and Advice
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
Institute of Sociology, University of Freiburg
International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen
Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin
Institute for Communication and Media Studies, University of Düsseldorf
The collaborative research project “Security, Perception, Situation Reports, Conditions and Expectations – A Monitoring of Security in Germany” intends to create a barometer to measure objectified and subjective security in Germany. Since ‘security’ is a complex, emotional, and normatively charged term, the project will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to study its various layers including objectified security, subjective security in general and specific local situations, media analysis etc. For this purpose representatives from the academic disciplines of sociology, criminology, media and communication studies, psychology, law and ethics are participating in the project.
In Module 2 the DRU works together with the Federal Criminal Police Office on a systematic compilation of data on major accidents, natural disasters, terrorism and crime in Germany. In addition, a social index for the measurement of vulnerability is developed by the DRU to enable geo-referenced statements to be made on vulnerable regions and social structures. In Module 5 the DRU investigates the attributes of risk, including how dangers and risks are spatialized by emergency organizations (police, fire department, disaster management and social service) and the general public. The latter includes a field study in the cities of Hamburg and Kiel.