Resilience Engineering – contributing to a more resilient society

Since March 1, 2022 I am an external communication advisor for the Dutch 4TU research centre for Resilience Engineering. In my role I contribute to the visibility of the research centre by writing about research + education and connecting the research centre to the general public.

What is a 4TU research centre?

Four universities of technology, being Delft University of Technology; Eindhoven University of Technology; University of Twente and Wageningen University, in the Netherlands form the 4TU Federation. This partnership has a number of research centres, including the 4TU research centre for Resilience Engineering.

Scientists from a variety of disciplines work together within 4TU Resilience Engineering. Think, for example, of civil engineers, mathematicians, electrical engineers, political scientists and behavioural scientists. They know how to design and build technology, infrastructure, public works, and complement that knowledge with insights in how human behaviour works and how this is related to health and resilience.

What is Resilience Engineering?

The theme of Resilience Engineering revolves around the question: how can you thrive in adverse, uncertain conditions?

Resilience Engineering is about how engineering sciences contribute to the resilience of society and of the individual. It studies how to prevent or to cope with the effects of natural disasters, climate change and other unforeseen disruptive events, such as a pandemic. Therefore, the theme of Resilience Engineering is broad and layered, providing many stories that relate to climate change, economy, agriculture, public space, public administration, health, behaviour and the virtual environment.

An overview of my work in 2022