Bridge - New EU project - mobilities.lab

Date: 4 April 2011

Bridge: Bridging resources and agencies in large scale emergency management (2011-2015, EU FP7 Security Theme) Joining a chorus of post-disaster inquiries (such as 9/11, Katrina, London 7/7), local analysts of the Tohoku disaster response call for better coordination, collaboration and efforts to Oshare the right information at the right time' (Shaw 2011). The Bridge project, funded under the European Commission FP7 Security Theme, is one amongst several international high profile efforts to support emergency professionals and volunteers in mobilising information and resources for disaster response better. Taking an ethnographically informed, iterative and experimental collaborative design approach, the project team will develop socio-technical systems for multi-agency, cross-border disaster response that push the state of the art in information technology (IT) and professional and public practice. Exprimental design scenarios focus on multi-modal transport hubs such as the Madrid subway system and the Øresund bridge between Copenhagen (airport) and the Swedish city of Malmö. Mobilities.lab brings together Peter Wahlgren - expert in IT law (Stockholm University), Lucas Introna - expert in IT ethics (Lancaster University Management School), and Monika Büscher - expert in social science informed socio-technical innovation (Director of mobilities.lab) to lead work on social, legal and ethical opportunities and challenges of next generation disaster response. Please find more information at (live from 3rd May 2011).

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Associated staff: Monika Büscher, Lucas Introna

Associated projects: Bridge

Associated departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Computing and Communications, ImaginationLancaster, Mobilities.Lab, Sociology

Keywords: European Union, Information retrieval, Information society, Information systems, Innovation, Resource allocation