Territorial Planning and Risk Management

The research activities pertaining to this area focus on land use planning, with an emphasis on how social systems react to stress or a collective threat.

ISIG methodological approach considers mass emergencies as processes, rather than specific events. In other words, we start from the assumption that the full-blown phase of the crises can be better analyzed and understood on the one hand as a result of previous institutional and organizational structures and, on the other, as a potential trigger of alternative scenarios for the future.

ISIG’ expertise on these topics stemmed from investigations carried out right after the 1976 earthquake in Friuli Venezia Giulia, aimed at investigating in the first place the different social responses to the disaster (i.e. psychological response, organizational response, management of the 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
  • Participatory sensing


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