emBRACE - Building Resilience Amongst Communities in Europe

Start date: 1 October 2011

End date: 30 September 2015

The primary aim of the emBRACE project is to build resilience to disasters amongst communities in Europe. To achieve this, it is vital to merge forces in research knowledge, networking and practices as a prerequisite for more coherent scientific approaches. This we will do in the most collaborative way possible.

Specific objectives

•Identify the key dimensions of resilience across a range of disciplines and domains

•Develop indicators and indicator systems to measure resilience concerning natural disaster events

•Model societal resilience through simulation experiments

•Provide a general conceptual framework of resilience, ‘tested’ and grounded in cross-cultural contexts

•Build networks and share knowledge across a range of stakeholders

•Tailor communication products and project outputs and outcomes to multiple collaborators, stakeholders and user groups.

If you would like to contribute to the discussions as we develop these ideas, please contact Prof Maureen Fordham, the Scientific Coordinator of the project maureen.fordham@northumbria.ac.uk or Dr Hugh Deeming the Technical Officer (Science) of the project hugh.deeming@northumbria.ac.uk.

You can also subscribe to the new DISASTER-RESILIENCE discussion list https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=DISASTER-RESILIENCE which was launched on 13 October 2011, the International Day of Disaster Reduction http://www.unisdr.org/2011/iddr/


The emBRACE site resources have been welcomed by a 12 year old aspiring meteorologist who is a scout and has been working hard towards earning her emergency preparedness badge. She would like to recommend the page 'Home Preparation Tips for Weather Emergencies' to other visitors to the site:


We are happy to oblige!


July 2017 - As a result of a Natural Hazards proposal made to the EU Disaster Risk Knowledge Centre (DRMKC), four reports have now been published which extend emBRACE case-study research in Cumbria, UK.

DRMKC Project CT-EX2016D267361-101: Understanding extreme events as catalysts for flood-risk management policy change: a case study of the impact of ‘Storm Desmond’ in Cumbria, UK.

All reports can be found on the DRMKC site at: http://drmkc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/innovation/SupportSystem


16th February 2016 - emBRACE animation completed. It can be watched here:



10th November 2015 - emBRACE Framework Policy Brief and Executive Summary added to Outputs page


For Handbook and Teaching resources go to:

Go to the emBRACE Resilience Handbook here: https://sites.google.com/site/embracehandbook/

Go to the emBRACE Teaching and Training Materials here: https://sites.google.com/site/ebteachingandtraining/

9th September 2015 - The emBRACE Project Conference: Framing Community Disaster Resilience: resources, capacities, learning and action. Kings College London, Strand Campus.

Some of the emBRACE Partners at the final project meeting in London, September 2015

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