5 February 2014

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AFSecurity Seminar:

Digitization of Resilience

Date: 5 February 2014.

Location: Meeting Room Awk (room 3118), Ole-Johan Dahls hus (IfI).


14:00h Welcome at IfI

14:15h Invited talk

SPEAKER: Mareile Kaufmann, PRIO (Peace Research Institute of Oslo)

TITLE: Digitization of Resilience

ABSTRACT: Resilience places the responsibility to overcome disruption and shock within the local population. The current “digitization of everything” contributes to this development in its own way as local populations increasingly generate data about the course of events during crises. During the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the Typhoon Yolanda on the Philippines in 2013 “disaster populations” increasingly used websites and social media to share information about dangerous areas, missing persons, as well as access to food, water, and critical infrastructure. Public and private efforts are currently undertaken to harvest the potential of digitally shared information about crises in order to enhance disaster resilience. This presentation provides an overview of what exactly social media have been used for in the aftermath of the 22nd of July attacks in Norway and the effects this had on resilience. It also touches on emerging governmental practices of collecting, synthesizing and analyzing data in order to remote-control, define and measure resilience through big data.


Research interests

  • Risk, resilience and crisis management
  • Security, technology & complexity
  • Societal dimensions of security

Work Experience

  • 2011 - present: Doctoral Researcher, Hamburg University
  • 2010: Security Programme Guest Researcher
  • 2007 - 2009: Project Leader at step21 - Initiative for Tolerance and Responsibility
  • 2008 - 2009: Assistant Lecturer in Criminology, Hamburg University
  • 2005: Project Management Summer University at the European University Frankfurt/O.
  • 2004 - 2005: 1st Year Teachings at the European University Frankfurt/O.


  • 2008: MA International Criminology at Hamburg University
  • 2006: Sociology and Criminology at the University of Essex
  • 2006: BA Cultural Sciences at the European University Frankfurt/O.

15:00h Discussion