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Mannheim Center for Crisis Research

The Mannheim Center for Crisis Research (MCCR) is a multidisciplinary, collaborative research platform that strives to understand and improve societal resilience in times of crises.

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the economic and social sciences, data and computer science, and media and communication studies who seek to understand the complex impact of crisis situations on society.

Three observations motivate our research:

  1. Societies are facing multiple, overlapping crises.
  2. Complex societal interactions determine societal resilience in times of crises.
  3. We need better theoretical, methodological, and empirical foundations to understand and improve societal resilience.

Structure of the MCCR

The MCCR will develop and apply theory-guided empirical approaches to study

  • the resilience of individuals regarding their health, work situation, and decision-making,
  • their resilience as citizens in the context of political preferences, perceptions, and beliefs and their interactions with media and politicians, and
  • the resilience of institutions and the effectiveness of public policies devised to improve societal resilience and their interactions with the resilience of individuals.

To achieve this goal, we will develop innovative theories, methods, and data generation instruments. In particular, we believe that rapid, fine-grained data generation and causal analysis are necessary and appropriate to advance our understanding of how multiple crises impact society. Improving the ability of generating and analyzing data in a way that allows a deep and comprehensive understanding of the heterogenous and dynamic effects of crises is a main goal of our initiative.

Drawing on its innovative and advanced research methodologies, the MCCR will contribute to explaining crisis situations more quickly and in more detail taking into account the highly dynamic nature of crises and their heterogenous effects. Ultimately, such a better understanding of crisis-induced pressures will enable more effective policymaking aimed at strengthening the resilience of individuals and society as a whole.

The MCCR comprises 20 research projects divided into four research areas:

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