Juergen Weichselgartner

Juergen Weichselgartner
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin | HWR · Department of Police and Security Management (FB 5)

PhD

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Introduction
My expertise lies in analyzing processes of risk, security, and societal transformation. Appointments at leading science centers have provided me with an integrated understanding of coupled human-environment systems and working experience in Europe, Asia, and the USA has fine-tuned my cultural competences. My professional services include editorial reviews for journals, organizations, and science funders, along with consultancy and contributions international reports.
Additional affiliations
April 2019 - present
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Position
  • Professor
October 2017 - March 2019
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Position
  • Consultant
April 2017 - October 2017
University of Passau
Position
  • Professor
Education
October 1996 - March 1997
Universidad de Cantabria
Field of study
  • Geography
April 1996 - June 1997
University of Bonn
Field of study
  • Geography, Political Science, Ethnology
February 1995 - June 1995
University of Malta
Field of study
  • Ethnology

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Publications (62)
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{textlessptextgreatertextless}br/textgreaterThis paper presents the results of a case study analysis from the knowledge domains of vulnerability and resilience. We analyzed 20 scientific assessments to provide empirical evidence for successes and failures in collaborative knowledge production, i.e., the joint creation of assessments reports by rese...
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In disaster science, policy and practice, the transition of resilience from a descriptive concept to a normative agenda provides challenges and opportunities. This paper argues that both are needed to increase resilience. We briefly outline the concept and several recent international resilience-building efforts to elucidate critical questions and...
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Floods remain the most devastating natural hazard globally, despite substantial investments in flood prevention and management in recent decades. Fluvial floods, such as the ones in Pakistan in 2010 and Thailand in 2011, can affect entire countries and cause severe economic and human losses. Also, coastal floods can inflict substantial harm owing t...
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The current landscape of climate services represents a highly diverse and still growing range of programs, projects, and portals involved in developing and/or providing climate services at different administrative levels and spatial-temporal scales. The diversity of service producers, users, and policy arenas has created a highly heterogeneous data...
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Während Klimaforschung lange als rein naturwissenschaftliches Unterfangen galt, wird sie zunehmend auch in den Sozialwissenschaften betrieben. Die Popularisierung in und außerhalb der Wissenschaft hat dabei nicht nur zu neuen Problembezügen geführt, sondern auch eine wachsende Unübersichtlichkeit produziert: Es ist ein Bedarf entstanden, disziplinä...
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Während Klimaforschung lange als rein naturwissenschaftliches Unterfangen galt, wird sie zunehmend auch in den Sozialwissenschaften betrieben. Die Popularisierung in und außerhalb der Wissenschaft hat dabei nicht nur zu neuen Problembezügen geführt, sondern auch eine wachsende Unübersichtlichkeit produziert: Es ist ein Bedarf entstanden, disziplinä...
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Experts français et allemands, réunis depuis 2015 en une « plateforme informelle d’échange », travaillent à l’élaboration d’un concept convergent de sécurité globale. L’enjeu est de dégager des approches binationales anticipant les mutations sociétales et stimuler les projets coopératifs. Prochaine étape : les Assises de la sécurité globale des ter...
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The resilience concept and its application in the context of urban security encounter a series of grounded challenges for scientists, policy-makers, planning bodies, and the manifold authorities of jurisdiction and civil services. This chapter outlines a joint effort to explore structural and functional similarities and differences in France and Ge...
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Die einzelnen Handlungsfelder des Bevölkerungsschutzes werden von den unterschiedlichsten wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen erforscht. Tatsächlich hilfreiche Notfallvorsorgestrategien, ein effektives Krisenmanagement und wirkungsvolle Strategien der Gefahrenabwehr setzen häufig z. B. voraus, dass eine geeignete Sicherheitstechnik vorhanden ist. Neben...
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Viele der im Bevölkerungsschutzsystem verwendeten Begriffe wie z. B. „Notfall“, „Krise“ und „Katastrophe“, aber auch „Gefahr“, „Risiko“ und „Sicherheit“ werden von den beteiligten Akteuren unterschiedlich verstanden und verwendet. Die einzelnen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen, aber auch Behörden und Institutionen haben eine eigene Fachterminologie,...
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Disaster risk reduction policies and practices largely depend on the socio-cultural capacity and knowledge of people. Although culture and knowledge are critical issues for reducing disaster risks, both domains are seldom systematically addressed in-depth in disaster studies and policy programmes. We are convinced that tapping the rich portfolio of...
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Au cours des dernières années, les chercheurs et les responsables politiques ont acquis une conscience accrue des limites des actions pour le climat. En effet, d’une part les sciences du climat sont fragmentées et s’orientent rarement vers les besoins politiques et pratiques. Et d’autre part l’élaboration de politiques climatiques est quant à elle...
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Disaster risk reduction policy and practice require knowledge for informed decision making and coordinated action. Although the knowledge production and implementation processes are critical for disaster risk reduction, these issues are seldom systematically addressed in-depth in disaster studies and policy programs. While efforts and improvements...
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During the past decades, a variety of approaches have emerged to understand and explain transformation processes at the science-society interface. Under different labels, these concepts have propagated a shift from academic, investigator-initiated, discipline-based research to more context-driven, problem-focused, and multidisciplinary research. Th...
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Within the context of disaster risk reduction, including climate change adaptation, significant thematic discourse has been dedicated to the difficulty of implementing research-based knowledge in policy and practice. Not only has the discussion focused on the causes of this issue, but many recommendations for enhancing the use of information and kn...
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Resilienz ist ein Schlagwort der aktuellen Forschungsdebatte. Während die Rechtschreibkorrektur des PCs ihn noch warnend unterstreicht, ist der Begriff längst prominenter Diskussionsgegenstand in wissenschaftlichen und politischen Debatten. Im Bevölkerungsschutz ist der Terminus noch nicht sehr geläufig, obwohl Resilienz eng verwoben ist mit Schutz...
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In science, the resilience concept has increasingly been embraced as a framework for disaster-related work. As a result, policy supports 'resilient communities' programs. The current transition from a 'descriptive' scientific concept explaining the state of a system to a 'normative' agenda applied by local authorities faces various challenges. To c...
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In disaster science, policy and practice, the transition of resilience from a descriptive concept to a normative agenda provides challenges and opportunities. This paper argues that both are needed to increase resilience. We briefly outline the concept and several recent international resilience-building efforts to elucidate critical questions and...
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In order to build strategic capacities for sustainable coastal zone management and effective responses to global environmental change in the Asia-Pacific region, the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Costal Zone project (LOICZ) organized an interdisciplinary capacity building programme for early-career scientists and young coastal managers: the Young...
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In Zeiten des Klimawandels und sich häufender Naturkatastrophen sind Politik und Öffentlichkeit mehr denn je auf wissenschaftliche Expertise angewiesen. Das Verhältnis von Politik und Wissenschaft ist dabei nicht immer konfliktfrei – insbesondere bei Umwelt-Themen, die oft weder disziplinären noch gesellschaftsfunktionalen Strukturen folgen. Einers...
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Highlights ► Global environmental change is a multidimensional condition, not a discrete ‘environmental’ problem. ► Translating marine knowledge into effective actions is one of the greatest challenges. ► Social, functional and institutional barriers hinder the implementation of scientific findings to policy and practice. ► Turning marine knowledge...
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Coupled human-environment systems are undergoing rapid changes and are adapting to changing conditions. This makes the understanding of response mechanisms—and hence the state of vulnerability and resilience—one of the most important issues for society in general, and for science in particular. Research in the fields of natural hazards, ecology, an...
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Taking Tokyo as an example, advantages and disadvantages of spatial agglomeration are outlined. As a result of unipolar concentration of political, economic and social-cultural power, the Japanese capital is the largest metropolitan economy in the world with an excellent public transportation system and comprehensive cultural and educational resour...
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This paper presents the results of a case study analysis from the knowledge domains of vulnerability and resilience. We analyzed 20 scientific assessments to provide empirical evidence for successes and failures in collaborative knowledge production, i.e., the joint creation of assessments reports by researchers and decision makers in policy and pr...
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Recent disaster statistics reflect an alarming trend of increasing losses from natural disasters. Typically, the insurance industry, scientific experts, and thus the media, refer to such “external” factors as population increase, the potential for damage in hazard-prone areas, and land use and climate change as the primary causes of this trend. Alt...
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The paper considers the problem of increasing losses from natural disasters from the perspective of previously neglected structures and constructions of knowledge. Using examples, the author reveals the interconnections between natural hazards, disasters and knowledge. Thus, it becomes apparent that knowledge management plays an important role in r...
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The paper considers the problem of increasing losses from natural disasters from the perspective of previously neglected structures and constructions of knowledge. Using examples, the author reveals the interconnections between natural hazards, disasters and knowledge. Thus, it becomes apparent that knowledge management plays an important role in r...
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In August 2002, extreme precipitation led to some of the worst floods Germany has witnessed in more than a century. In the Saxon capital of Dresden, the Elbe River rose from a normal summer level of about two meters to 9.13 m surpassing the historical flood mark of 8.77 m seen in March 1845, to reach a water level of 9.40 m – the highest level ever...
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Though triggered by nature, floods are embedded in a social context where they show their effects. They affect areas where people settle, who are subject to certain social, economic, political, and historical situations and constraints. Hence, floods are cultural and social as well as organizational, technical, communicative, and economic events. T...
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Recent disaster statistics reflect an alarming trend of increasing losses from natural disasters. Typically, the insurance industry, scientific experts, and thus the media, refer to such “external” factors as population increase, the potential for damage in hazard-prone areas, and land use and climate change as the primary causes of this trend. Alt...
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The interrelations between the physical environment systems, human systems, and man-made environment are unstable and constantly changing. In contrast, traditional hazard mitigation policy considers natural hazards as isolated, static processes and not as a product of these three components. Consequently, mitigation is a linear trend and response a...
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Despite greater scientific analysis of natural disasters, the global losses caused by natural hazards are increasing. This paper outlines both the underlying reasons for this phenomenon and the necessary shifts for geographic hazard research. It is argued that consideration of socio-cultural and spatial-temporal dimensions of natural hazards may sh...
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The hazard management problem presents a curious pair of phenomena: common agreement that something bad is happening, and universal inability to stop the growth of human and economic losses. White et al. (2001) argued in their statement ‘‘knowing better and losing even more’’ that improved knowledge about disaster management was not by itself suffi...
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Zusammenfassung Aspekte der Katastrophenvorsorge und der nachhaltigen Entwicklung müssen stärker aneinander gekoppelt werden. Indem die Verwundbarkeit als Resultat aus naturräumlichen Faktoren und sozial-ökonomischen Bewältigungscharakteristiken interpretiert wird, können mit Hilfe des Konzepts sozial-kulturelle und geophysische Parameter und deren...
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Akzeptiert man soziale Konstruktionen der Naturgefahr 'Hochwasser' und wendet sich ihren sozio-kulturellen und raum-zeitlichen Dimensionen zu, so bieten sich Ansatzpunkte zum Hochwasserschutz, die sich weniger an den auslösenden Faktoren als an den Vorsorge- und Bewältigungsmechanismen orientieren. Es wird argumentiert, dass die Bewertung der Verwu...
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The hazard management problem presents a curious pair of phenomena: common agreement that something bad is happening, and universal inability to stop the growth of human and economic losses. White et al. (2001) argued in their statement ‘‘knowing better and losing even more’’ that improved knowledge about disaster management was not by itself suffi...
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Once the social construction of flooding is accepted and its social-cultural and spatial-temporal dimensions are considered, mechanism of mitigation and response become more important than its triggers in flood protection. This paper argues that vulnerability assessment of spatial units applied as a flood protection concept is capable of integratin...
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Literature on natural risks typically examines either biophysical process characteristics or human pre- or post-disaster activities. This paper takes a somewhat different track; first, it argues that also natural disasters are socially constructed and, therefore, second, it resets the framework in which disaster management has to be placed. While m...
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The assessment of hydrological impacts in an Environmental Impact Assessment is generally complicated by the availability of suitable models and data. This paper deals with the application of two models for simulation of the hydrological regime of a small catchment in the Basque Country, Spain, and assessment of expected changes due to the construc...
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This report was inspired by the intention to contribute also a perspective of Germany's social sciences to the issue of floods. Without claim to exhaustive treatment of the subject, the author wants to build a bridge between the natural-scientific point of view, focussed on current events, and the retrospective position, considering the long-term f...
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Abstract Natural disasters are characterised by complex ,relationships and ,interactions between physical hazards and society. These, as well as local context, cultural aspects, social and political activities, and economic concerns, present diffi- culties in practical application of mitigation concepts and models. This paper outlines general appro...
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Der vorliegende Bericht ist aus dem Bemühen entstanden, auch in Deutschland einen eher sozialwissenschaftlichen Beitrag zur Hochwasserproblematik zu liefern. Ohne den Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit zu erheben, möchte der Verfasser für das Thema Hochwasser eine Brücke zwischen naturwissenschaftlich-technischer und auf aktuelle Ereignisse bezogener Sic...

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My current research aims at i) exploring systematically the applicability of the resilience concept in urban environments; ii) analyzing the contextual surroundings of crisis management in France and Germany; iii) examining strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of current practices; and iv) stimulating French-German collaborative partnerships and joint projects.