10 Years of Research at the German Red Cross

The German Red Cross started its first research project together with partners from the civil security research in March 2009. This marked the beginning of the succesfully ongoing research and development work. For ten years now, the German Red Cross national headquarters actively participates in all academically relevant discourses and conducts application-oriented research, either in cooperation with partners or independently.

The main research interest is on observing and analysing societal development and technical innovations informed by knowledge gained from the German Red Cross operations on the ground.  The German Red Cross Research department has developed a viable method of applying research findings in practice already during research implementation. 

Between 2009 to 2019, 10 research projects have been successfully implemented while 3 others are currently in progress. Through its research engagement, the German Red Cross has been cooperating with 118 different project partners from academia, industry, health and welfare as well as administrative and public authorities and organizations responsible for public safety.

Since 2014 the findings are being published in a research publication series. As of December 2018, around 65.000 copies have been ordered by entities of the German Red Cross federal structure. Additionally, copies were requested from public authorities and organizations responsible for safety in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. To meet the growing interest in the German Red Cross’ research engagement from non-German-speaking regions two research publication series have been translated into English as well:

  • Strenghtening of resilience through disaster services (Volume IV). Access
  • The vulnerable group “the Elderly and those Needing care” during crises, large-scale emergencies, and disasters. Access

Download for free all the resources, videos, researchs and publications of the current and completed projects on the following website. 

The following partners and supporters during this decade of research are:

Research and Development in the German Red Cross , Strengthening of resilience through disaster services, The vulnerable group “the Elderly and those Needing care” during crises, large-scale emergencies, and disasters.
http://www.grc-research.de, https://www.drk.de/en/research/publication-series/publication-series-volume-iv/, https://www.drk.de/en/research/publication-series/publication-series-volume-vi/

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