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GRI associate director presents at NATO workshop in Prague

The Global Resilience Institute (GRI) was represented at a recent NATO conference in Prague, which addressed current institutional and selected national approaches to resilience.

Resilience Capacity Building: Best Practices and Opportunities for NATO (June 1-3), focused on resilience training and was organized by the Institute of International Relations Prague and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

Global Resilience Institute (GRI) Associate Director of Research and Innovation Dr. Phil Anderson was part of a panel of experts and spoke on the importance of leveraging the capabilities of civil society.
[Photo courtesy NATO/Martin Horák]
GRI Associate Director of Research and Innovation Dr. Phil Anderson was part of a panel of experts and spoke on the importance of leveraging the capabilities of civil society.

“Government by itself cannot effectively ensure that we as a growing global society can become more resilient and as such, become more capable of recovering from, and adapting to disruptive events that will inevitably continue to occur in increasing number as the result of terrorism and naturally recurring events that will also be fueled by climate change,” Anderson stressed. A new role for governments, he explained, must be to empower, equip and incentivize average citizens to step in where the government is unable, or unwilling. Anderson cited the relief effort of OCCUPY SANDY, in which citizens leveraged social media to communicate, set up numerous distribution centers, managed contributions using a wedding registry-type approach and attracted thousands of volunteers, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Anderson also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from academic institutions around the globe to detail the GRI’s mission and in particular, the Global Resilience Research Network. The network is designed to provide a forum for collaboration on resilience-building efforts among thought leaders, researchers, technical experts, policymakers, and practitioners. Through the network, GRI will seek to establish partnerships with university centers and research institutes all over the world to foster collaboration and joint research.

This membership will draw on a core group of institutes that have expressed interest in being affiliated with the network including;

  • Fraunhofer-EMI and the University of Freiburg (Germany)
  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • ETH-Zurich
  • Royal United Service Institute (RUSI)
  • Cranfield University (UK)
  • University of Tel Aviv

In early 2018, GRI will organize and host an inaugural international conference in Boston to bring together the founding members of the research network. The event will also be an opportunity for additional interested parties to learn more about membership and the GRI. The conference will highlight the innovative, interdisciplinary research being undertaken at GRI and will identify potential collaborative projects/research and educational partnerships.

To inquire about joining this network, please email with “Global Resilience Research Network” in the subject line.


About the GRI:
The Global Resilience Institute ( is leading a university-wide interdisciplinary effort to advance resilience-related initiatives that contribute to the security, sustainability, health and well-being of societies. Our objective is to help advance preparedness at multiple levels to effectively respond to slowly emerging disruptions and sudden disasters, both human-made and naturally-occurring.
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