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EPSRC Reference: EP/N010329/1
Title: BRIM: Building Resilience Into risk Management
Principal Investigator: Fu, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Kalawsky, Professor RS Rivas Casado, Dr M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Chartered Inst of Water & Environment Mn Hyder Consulting Ltd Pell Frischmann Consultants Ltd
Tsinghua University University of Central Florida University of Leeds
WSP Group plc UK
Department: Engineering
Organisation: University of Exeter
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 March 2016 Ends: 30 November 2019 Value (£): 416,690
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Coastal & Waterway Engineering Complexity Science
Urban & Land Management
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
09 Sep 2015 EPSRC Grand Challenge 4 - Risk and Resilience Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The impacts of recent catastrophic disasters, including the 2013-14 UK winter flooding, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Sandy, reach well beyond the immediate, direct structural, environmental and health risks. In a complex system, a localised initial failure may quickly spread to other systems and create "hyper-risks" or "networked risks" through "networks of networks", and cause unpredictable failures in other economic or social networks. Classical quantitative and qualitative risk management frameworks are inadequate for emerging and unforeseen threats. More specifically they cannot handle the uncertainties of low-probability and high-consequence events and of their impacts on environmental, economical and social systems due to high interdependencies between complex systems.

This project will develop a shared, multi-disciplinary vision of how to build resilience into networked risk management for highly complex engineered systems. It will address the challenges encompassed in understanding of complex interdependencies, cascade effects, tipping points of engineered systems. It is expected that this project will engage the community to develop a double helix framework that integrates risk and resilience analysis for complex systems management.

We will organise a series of managed events, such as workshops, sandpits, study groups, which will help frame research questions, develop collaborative projects and disseminate outcomes. We will provide resources for feasibility studies and a number of mechanisms to promote research that focuses on developing novel modelling tools and adaptive frameworks to understand the interdependencies of complex systems and enhance overall system resilience.

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