DeSIRE (Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering) is an extensive interdisciplinary research and capacity building programme. The DeSIRE-programme builds the capacity for the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering and funds its activities in the first five years.
It is part of the strategic research impulse ‘High Tech for a Sustainable Future’ of the four universities of technology in the Netherlands – Eindhoven, Delft, Twente and Wageningen – forming the backbone of 4TU RE.
Our goal is to build a thriving community on Resilience Engineering. To design solutions for complex social-technical-environmental systems requires linking different domains and disciplines. We have to make a connection between scientists, practitioners, engineers and policymakers; between universities, companies and the government.
Tatiana Filatova, Programme Leader of our research and capacity building programme DeSIRE:
“Continuing urbanisation together with an increasing frequency and severity of climate-driven hazards are leading to a growing number of disasters. We cannot eliminate the presence of sudden shocks and cascading events in coupled social-technical-environmental systems entirely. We must learn to live with them. To address these multi-facet problems, DeSIRE unites engineers with architects and modellers, and builds bridges between scientists from philosophy, governance, economics, business administration and environmental & agricultural sciences."