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Sara Talitha Merkes

Foto_Merkes, Sara Talitha

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Research Associate

BMBF-Project: “RESIK: Resilience and Evacuation Planning for Social-Economic Infrastructures in a Medical-Social Context” (Project Head: Prof. Dr. Martin Voss)

Address
Carl-Heinrich-von Becker-Weg 6-10
Room 021
12165 Berlin

Research projects

  • since 2020: Research associate in the BMBF-funded research project „ Addressing the Corona Pandemic in Armenia through Systemic Risk Management“ (CoronaSys) at the Academy of Disaster Research Unit (ADRU) (Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Martin Voss)
  • since 2020: Research associate in the BMBF-funded research project „Resilience and Evacuation Planning for Social-Economic Infrastructures in a Medical-Social Context“ (RESIK), subproject „Resilience and Evacuation of Facilities with Special Requirements” (RESCUE) at the Disaster Research Unit (DRU) of the Freie Universität Berlin (Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Martin Voss)
  • 2019-2020: Research associate in the BMBF-funded research project „Migration-Related Knowledge Management for Civil Protection of the Future“ (WAKE) at the Disaster Research Unit (DRU) of the Freie Universität Berlin (Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Martin Voss)
  • 2019-2020: Research associate in the definition project funded by the Berlin University Alliance “Social Cohesion in Times of Changing Climates” at the Disaster Research Unit (DRU) of the Freie Universität Berlin (Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Martin Voss)
  • 2018: Research associate in the BMBF-funded research project „Vulnerability of Transportation Structures, Warning and Evacuation in Case of Major Inland Flooding“ (FloodEvac), subproject „Cultures and Catastrophe in Germany and India during Climate Change“ (Catastrophe Culture) at the Disaster Research Unit (DRU) of the Freie Universität Berlin (Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Martin Voss)

Education

  • 2014-2017: M.A. International Relations, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Universität Potsdam
      • Master's thesis: South African Disaster Management, Hydropolitics, and Development Perspectives in the 2016 Drought: Understanding Disaster Within the Societal Context of Its Emergence
  • 2016: Study and field research in South Africa, University of Pretoria
  • 2011-2014: B.A. Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin
      • Bachelor's thesis: Wissenssysteme in der Entwicklungspolitik: Eine Aussagenanalyse entlang von ‚Entwicklung‘ und ‚Wissen‘ anhand des Akteurs Weltbank


Scholarship

  • 2011-2017: Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

 

Other

  • 2015-2017: Editorial Board, IReflect – Student Journal of International Relations

Research focus

  • Disaster research from a social science perspective

  • Cultures of catastrophe and disaster genesis

  • Social cohesion and conflict during disasters

  • Mediation, peace and conflict research

  • National and international development policy

  • Societal negotiation of environmental resources

Publications

Schulze, Katja; Merkes, Sara T.; Kleinebrahn, Anja; Flörchinger, Verena; Voss, Martin (2020): Veränderte Wahrnehmungen der COVID-19-Lage von März bis April 2020: Ergebnisse einer deutschlandweiten Panelbefragung. KFS Working Paper Nr. 17. Berlin: KFS. Download. DOI: 10.17169/refubium-27376

Schulze, Katja; Bock, Nicolas; Dittmer, Cordula; Flörchinger, Verena; Lorenz, Daniel F.; Merkes, Sara T.; Voss, Martin (2020): Die SARS-CoV-2-Pandemie aus Sicht der Bevölkerung. Ergebnisse einer Bevölkerungsbefragung. KFS Working Paper Nr. 16. Berlin: KFS. Download. DOI: 10.17169/refubium-26823

Voss, M.; Bledau, L.; Merkes, S. T.; Upadhyay, H. (2019): Katastrophenkulturen in Deutschland und Indien im Klimawandel. Abschlussbericht zum BMBF-Verbundforschungsforschungsprojekt Verletzlichkeit von Transportinfrastrukturen, sowie Warnung und Evakuierung im Falle von großräumigen Hochwasserereignissen im Inland (FloodEvac). KFS: Berlin.

Presentations

Merkes, Sara T.; Voss, Martin (2019): Researching Disaster from a Cultural Perspective: Insights into Disaster Meaning-Making, Presentation, 4th World Congress on Disaster Management, Mumbai, 29.01.-01.02.2019.

Merkes, Sara T.; Voss, Martin (2018): Staying or Leaving: Cultural Shaping of Evacuation Behavior, Presentation, The Culture of Too Much Water – Commonalities and Differences of Social and Cultural Dealing with Floods, Berlin, 22.-23.11.2018.

Merkes, Sara T. (2017): Green Gardens, Empty Dams: From Drought to Disaster in South African Society, Presentation, 2. Konferenz für Studentische Forschung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 21.-22. Sept. 2017.

BGSMCS
Berlin Southern Theory Lecture