An update on the Crisis Team's activities and ongoing work
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Welcome to the first newsletter from the Crisis Team in Trilateral. The Crisis Team are involved in a number of projects in the field of crisis and disaster management, including humanitarian studies and security issues around migration. The team are a multi-disciplinary group of researchers who also work with Trilateral’s Data Science team to provide a number of research and data services.

The Crisis Team have had a busy year so far. They have completed four tenders and projects, started three new Horizon 2020 (H2020) projects, doubled in size, and just submitted 21 proposals under the H2020 Secure Societies call. 

Here’s an update on the highlights so far. If you have any questions or would be interested in collaborating with us, please do get in touch!

We bid farewell to TACTIC
May 2016 saw the Crisis Team bid farewell to the TACTIC project (Tools, methods And training for CommuniTIes and society to better prepare for a Crisis). TACTIC was a two-year project aimed at increasing preparedness to large-scale and cross-border disasters amongst communities and societies in Europe. The project involved the development of the TACTIC Online Self-Assessment Platform (TOSAP) that includes:
  • A self-assessment for organisations responsible for disaster risk management to assess their risk communication activities and to support the development of a risk communication strategy
  • A self-assessment for the general public to assess their preparedness to different risks including terrorism, floods, epidemics and earthquakes
  • A library of good practices to provide inspiration for risk communication approaches
The Crisis Team is currently working on a number of H2020 proposals concerned with the European Union's preparedness for managing different types of risk. For information, please contact Su Anson.
TRACE team
We bid farewell to TRACE
The two year TRACE project (TRafficking as A Criminal Enterprise) supported a wide range of stakeholders from across Europe and beyond in combating human trafficking, by assessing and consolidating information surrounding the perpetrators and the wider trafficking enterprise. The project, coordinated by Trilateral, finished in May 2016 culminating with a handbook. The handbook provides findings and recommendations based on the project’s state-of-the-art research, including: the current and future trends in the modus operandi of traffickers, including travel routes to and within Europe, the profile of traffickers, use of technology related to human trafficking as a criminal enterprise, and the social, political and economic environment in which the business of human trafficking thrives. During the final review, the European Commission deemed the project a best practice example. The crisis team particularly enjoyed developing a taxonomy of the technologies used to facilitate and combat human trafficking. This qualitative research produced novel findings inspired by numerous interviews with relevant stakeholders and traffickers.

In our study of human trafficking we noted that an important push factor that led to human trafficking was a person’s desire to move for a better life. Furthermore, we discovered how the current migration crisis blurs the boundaries between human trafficking and smuggling and how at times policies addressing these phenomenon become confused. We will continue to study the movement of people through a research project on migration. H2020 offers numerous opportunities to explore this domain and over the next few months we will be busy writing our proposals. If you too are interested in applying for some of the H2020 migration calls get in touch with Julia Muraszkiewicz
The FORTRESS project is in its final year and the consortium is gearing up to showcase the projects foresight and scenario building tools for the management of cross-border crises in Tiel, the Netherlands, on the 21st of September. FORTRESS aims to improve crisis management practices by identifying the diversity of such cascading effects. Its main outputs include the development of a predictive model addressing potential impacts of decisions made in crisis situations, and the development of an incident evolution tool to assist decision-makers in preparing and training for crises with cascading effects.
As part of its activities this summer, the consortium is also holding a knowledge sharing workshop in Tiel, the Netherlands, on the 20th of September. The workshop will provide a platform for the exchange of research outcomes between related European projects. In this respect the focus will be on 1) empirical findings for reducing cascading effects in crises and enhancing resilience, and 2) tools for supporting decision making before and during crises. The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the latest empirical findings in the field of crisis management, resilience and the curbing of cascading effects during crises.
The iTRACK project (Integrated system for real-time TRACKing and collective intelligence in civilian humanitarian missions) kicked off on a sunny day In Norway in May 2016 and the crisis team has enjoyed working on it since. The project focuses on improving the protection of humanitarian workers and effectiveness of humanitarian missions through developing integrated intelligent socio-technical tracking solutions to support threat detection, navigation, logistics, and coordination in humanitarian disasters. Making use of the latest technological solutions, which are developed with ethics, privacy and data protection at their core, the collective intelligence and intelligent systems developed by iTRACK will provide the means for responders on the ground to acquire valuable information in real-time, to help them self-assess the situation, make informed decisions, and communicate and organise their response.
In the three months since the project started, the crisis team has conducted four interviews to produce an initial version of the information flows related to the iTRACK systems. Information flows relate to the personal data collected, processed, stored and transferred, and form a core part of the ethical and privacy impact assessment (E/PIA) for the project. The crisis team has also drafted the first version of the ethics handbook (D1.1) and began preparing for research in the field. The next step for the project is a workshop for the E/PIA in The Hague in November.
The two-year ResiStand (Increasing disaster Resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support Standardisation of technologies and services) project kicked-off in May 2016 with a three-day cruise between Helsinki and Stockholm providing the perfect opportunity for partners to plan the work ahead and to get to know each other. ResiStand aims to identify new ways to improve the crisis management and disaster resilience capabilities of the European Union and individual Member States through standardisation. ResiStand will contribute to improved disaster resilience by identifying and analysing the drivers, constraints and expectations of three main stakeholder communities: the Standards Advisory Group, the End-User Community, and the Supplier Community. As part of this process, we would like to invite end-users and practitioners working in the area of crisis management and disaster resilience to complete a short questionnaire. The questionnaire requires participants to identify any problems in their daily operations where standardisation / harmonisation at the European level might be a potential solution. For further information on ResiStand and to join one of the three Stakeholder communities, please visit the ResiStand website.

The main results of the ResiStand project will include:
  1. The ResiStand Roadmap that will clearly identify the desirable standardisation deliverables to be achieved in the short and mid- to long term, and
  2. The ResiStand Process that will define how new ideas, improvements, inventions, requirements or research results originating from any stakeholder can be transformed into new standardisation items.
INSPEC2T is a three-year project that started in May 2015. The project aims to develop a sustainable framework for Community Policing that effectively addresses and promotes seamless collaboration between the police and the community. The project adopts an innovative approach to the concept of community policing by making use of the trends enabled by the introduction and wide adoption of social media. In this way, the informed, educated, and equipped (with a smartphone) citizen will contribute to the safety and security of the neighbourhood.

The INSPEC2T project will deliver a real-time two-way communication platform for citizens and police that will enable the police to disseminate information to the public and information on threats or criminal activity to be gathered from the public. 

The third INSPEC2T newsletter has just been released, providing information on the project's ongoing activities, technical achievements, Use Cases, and more!
DANTE project starts this month
September 2016 sees the launch of the new project DANTE – (Detecting and analysing terrorist-related online contents and financing activities). DANTE will follow a multi-disciplinary approach ranging from criminology and counter-terrorism to social, legal and ethical foci, incorporating on the ground law enforcement agencies in a bid to improve intelligence processes in countering terrorism. The project aims to deliver more effective, efficient, automated data mining and analytics solutions and an integrated system to detect, retrieve, collect and analyse huge amount of heterogeneous and complex multimedia and multi-language terrorist-related contents from both the Surface and the Deep Web, including Dark nets, in order to discover (by “connecting the dots”), detect, analyse, and monitor potential terrorist-related activities and people, with a special focus on online raising funds activities.
Completed Tenders in 2016
Review of the First Aid App
In February 2016 the crisis team collaborated with partners from Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), Utah State University (USU) and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) to lead a study for the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) concerning a comparative review of their first aid app developed under the Universal App Program. The key insights and recommendations provided in the report were designed to support the GDPC and National Societies in the future development, roll-out and marketing of the app. More info here.
UK Disaster Research Map
In May 2016 the crisis team completed a disaster funding map and corresponding synthesis report in collaboration with K-Now Ltd. for the UK Collaborative on Development Science (UKCDS). The purpose of the map is to provide a map of UK disaster research funding, inclusive of a data visualization platform. The map is currently being moved to UKCDS servers. Further information will be posted on the Trilateral website once the map is live.
Meet the Crisis Team

The Crisis Team consists of highly qualified researchers from across the social sciences, emergency management, geography, anthropology, human rights law and marketing. For further information on the Crisis Team's expertise and services provided, please visit our website.  

Dr. Hayley Watson is the Crisis Team Practice Manager with expertise in the sociology of disaster, and the public response to terrorism. Hayley manages European and International projects in the field of crisis and disaster management.
Dr. Inga Kroener is a Senior Research Analyst with particular expertise in governance, policy and ethics in relation to security and surveillance technologies, and ethical and privacy impact assessments. She works on several EU projects, grants and tenders in areas related to crisis management and security, new technologies related to the Internet and border control.
Dr. Su Anson is a Research Analyst with expertise in emergency preparedness, and dissemination and stakeholder engagement strategies. She leads the dissemination activities for the ResiStand and INSPEC2T projects.
Dr. Maurice Said is a Research Analyst with expertise in post-disaster recovery, community resilience, politics and political factionalism, kinship and exoticization. He leads the dissemination activities for the FORTRESS project.
Julia Muraszkiewicz is a Research Analyst with expertise in human rights law, migration and ethics. She works on the iTRACK project and EU grants related to crisis management, migration and ethical and privacy impact assessments.
Upcoming events
This year the Crisis Team will be participating in the following events:
  • 20-21 September - FORTRESS exercise: DOMINO 2 and knowledge sharing workshop
  • 26-28 October - ISCRAM-Med Conference, Madrid
  • 10-11 November - iTRACK workshop, the Netherlands
If you are interested in collaborating with Trilateral's Crisis Team, please contact Hayley Watson
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