Dr. Irna van der Molen (UT)
If we want to make society more robust and secure we shouldn’t only focus on trying to eliminate individual flaws from the system. If we look within risk management, once a specific part of communication infrastructure breaks down, the chance that other parts of that system also give way increases. Therefore, we should look at the system as a whole and at the cohesion of different parts within the system. A resilience approach offers us a way to do so.
Resilience is part of my research in multiple ways. In collaboration with the university of Curacao, I study the effectiveness of available means of communication under normal and critical circumstances on the Islands of Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire. This is an example that spans both the technological side of a system and the organizational aspects; making sure contracts with communication companies specify exactly what is needed in terms of communication under stress. The relevance of this analysis unfortunately became apparent when hurricane Irma hit St. Maarten, because the island functioned as a communication hub, also for the other islands. Another resilience related line of research I am involved in is exploring the legal and ethical aspects of the use of drones. Even though we did not specifically look at cases of humanitarian drone use, ethical, legal and safety issues come into play in those resilience cases as well.
Within the Centre, I would like to contribute in the domain of disaster management.
If you want to know more about my research, have a look here.