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Our DeSIRE challenges

DeSIRE focusses on three challenges within the domain of Resilience Engineering.


DeSIRE strives to develop concepts for operationalising Resilience Engineering in practice:

  • Use and further advance systems-thinking approaches;
  • Focus on resilience as a design perspective for a variety of urban and regional infrastructure systems.

Our starting point is in the understanding that there are feedbacks in complex adaptive social-technical-environmental systems, that may lead to cascading effects.

DeSIRE consolidates expertise from a variety of disciplines and leverages on new methods. It mainly focuses on advances in:

  • Data analytics;
  • Simulation methods embracing artificial intelligence and complexity science;
  • The emergence of new censoring technologies.

DeSIRE enables a comprehensive study of the resilience of social-technical-environmental systems from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Stakeholders are at the heart of the DeSIRE Programme, with several DeSIRE scholars focusing on participatory methods. To improve the ability of complex social-technical-environmental systems, DeSIRE explores the decentralised nature of decision-making in distributed and interconnected urban and regional infrastructure systems of today’s and future cities.

The DeSIRE programme is aligned with:

Dutch National Research Agenda routes

EU societal challenges

UN Sustainable Development Goals