BMBF-Project FloodEvac: "Vulnerability of Transportation Structures, Warning and Evacuation in Case of Major Inland Flooding" (Project Head: Prof. Dr. Martin Voss)
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
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.