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The main goal of the project is to contribute to the proactive mitigation of disaster risks and the development of the culture of risk. It is dedicated to a global and regional challenge, which is fundamental for the decades to come, due to the increase of the world population with often-anarchic densification of urbanized areas, the increasing human impact on ecosystems, but also the emergence of new risks induced by the climate change and the technological development.

The Risk@Univ. Grenoble Alpes project primary goal is to innovate in the interdisciplinary management of disaster risks in areas that are made vulnerable due to a strong interdependency between human, natural or technological hazards. In addition to the Grenoble basin, the project will focus on other specific vulnerable territories such as the Beirut area (Lebanon), the Port-au-Prince city (Haiti), and areas in Peru and in Nepal, The project also aims at proposing a risk institute in the Grenoble Alpes area.

The project federates a hundred researchers belonging to 15 research labs from Human and Social Sciences, Information & System Sciences, Geosciences and Engineering Sciences. The scientific challenges of collecting and processing heterogeneous data, modelling complex and cascaded phenomena, multi-objective decision making, and assessing or defining risk governance schemes require truly holistic and interdisciplinary  approaches.

The project proposes an innovative scientific approach to address the following challenging issues: managing data heterogeneity through a participatory approach;
integrate rare or emergent events and cascading effects; moving from a static / reactive risk management approach to a proactive / dynamic approach;  designing appropriate strategies for disaster risk reduction (based on a relevant assessment of vulnerabilities and local cultures) and for communication in order to strengthen the culture of risk.

The project is fully in line with Sendai’s United Nations conference framework on disaster risk prevention in 2015, which encourages the countries to better prevent and anticipate disaster risks. It aims at becoming a privileged interlocutor of the risk management stakeholders in France or abroad in particular on the 5 selected study sites (economic sphere, public authorities, humanitarian organizations, academic or risk center networks).

The project will offer a strong contribution to both structuration and visibility of Univ. Grenoble Alpes in the field of risk assessment and management, by proposing in fine a risk management institute, unique in France. Il will promote the development of new interdisciplinary methodologies by research teams which will learn to work together. Il will contribute to the transfer of research results to relevant stakeholders and decision-makers. It will actively participate in reinforcing interdisciplinary curricula in risk management.