Territorial Planning and Risk Management

The research area focuses on land use planning with an emphasis on how social systems react to stress or a collective threat.

Mass emergencies can be regarded as processes, rather than specific events. A full blown crisis can be better analyzed and understood based on results of established institutional and organisational protocols and learning from this how to better react to future possible scenarios.

Our expertise is derived from research conducted after the Friuli earthquake of 1976. This study investigated the social response to the disaster, the psychological impact, organisational variables and international aid.

Today our research is focused on perception, communication and risk governance, sustainable development and public participation in environmental policies.


  • Identify key structural and relational dynamics that determine the vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of social systems in relation to natural disasters, industrial accidents, environmental disasters, food and health risks.

Research fields:

  • Perception of risk
  • Vulnerability and resilience
  • Social capacity building
  • Risk communication
  • Governance of environmental risk
  • Role of participation
  • Environmental and sustainable development


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