Challenge 4: Disaster risk and socio-economic vulnerability

Objective: study of the complex interactions between societies and natural disasters, in particular volcanic risks in developing countries and the path between research and political decision-making

Disaster risk management requires an analysis of the causal factors of disasters as well as of the vulnerability of the environment. In the particular context of developing countries, vulnerabilities are multidimensional and very much impacted by choices made in the socio-economic and political spheres.

Based on their recognized expertise in the study of volcanic hazards and economic vulnerability, CAP 20-25 protagonists will apply the Multimodal Innovation concept and develop an integrative and original approach to disaster risk reduction. It will bring together various actors and skills from Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences to tackle issues related to the quantitative assessment of natural hazards, the characterization of socio-economic vulnerabilities and the elaboration of risk-mitigation and resilience-building strategies for stakeholders.

Two LabEx are involved with the research work conducted by Challenge 4, thus illustrating the Multimodal Innovation method specific to CAP 20-25 :

  • LabEx ClerVolc', in the frontier fields of Physical Volcanology, volcanic hazards, vulnerability of cities and infrastructures;
  • LabEx IDGM+, on the design of innovative development policies from economic research outcomes.


The Clermont Risk Centre

The overall ambition is to place at the forefront of research on disaster risk reduction (especially volcanic hazards) that hinder sustainable development, especially in developing countries.

A world class centre for disaster risk reduction research and capacity development (The Clermont Risk Centre), will be created in Clermont-Ferrand. This innovative centre will develop and coordinate research and outreach activities with the objectives of (i) producing and disseminating multidisciplinary research on disaster risk reduction, (ii) contributing to disaster risk reduction capacity development, and (iii) facilitating knowledge exchange among academic researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders.

With time, the Clermont Risk Centre will be recognized as the leading European centre for volcanic risk reduction research and capacity development and more broadly as a key player for disaster risk reduction.