6. Framing the program to increase resilience
This work package is part of the glue that binds STREVA together. In the first instance it is responsible for designing and analysing the ‘forensic' process. It will also ensure that the relationship between understanding risk and enhancing resilience is analysed; drawing on both findings from other work packages and resilience in other contexts.
Developing a new framework to provide a truly interdisciplinary analysis of volcanic risk is demanding. It's also important not to pointlessly reinvent the wheel; but to capitalise on innovation and evidence from other related initiatives. Research in WP6 will analyse how well different types of ‘data' can be brought together to analyse risk: from the qualitative data generated by long interviews to the multi-gigabytes of numerical data generated by continuous volcanic monitoring. Research that joins together the physical and social sciences even needs to cope with the fact that there can be different cultures of how research is conducted (or different ‘epistemeologies'). There are also considerable challenges in developing excellent research that also manages to work out the best ways to increase the resilience of affected communities. This work package will help develop methods to promote effective integration and increase research efficacy despite these challenges. It will also analyse how well these methods work in conjunction with the new IRNH KE Fellow.
A logical extension of this is to analyse and then optimise the role that communication plays in helping communities at risk prepare for and recover from volcanic eruptions. WP6 will also analyse the communication strategies during the course of the program between Consortium members, our project partners and with stakeholders, from regional policy- makers to individual citizens in the relevant regions in collaboration with the IRNH KE Fellows.
Thus WP6 has three main objectives:
1. (i) To structure, catalyse and consolidate interdisciplinarity and develop the risk analysis framework;
2. (ii) To understand the role of communication processes in enhancing resilience, and in improving the impact of our research.
3. (iii) To understand the relationship between characterising volcanic risk and enhancing the resilience of affected communities.