Associate professors Malayna Raftopoulos (Department of Politics and Society) and Sandra Cassotta (Department of Law) have started a new research project titled Digitalization as tool for Climate Change Adaptation in Disaster Risk Reduction in a Multilevel Regulatory Perspective.
The project proposes to link digitalization, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.
A response to risks and climate change
Adopting a multilevel regulatory perspective and taking a transdisciplinary approach (law, political science and computer science), this project will map the existing multi-regulatory framework applicable to the new nexus between digitalization, disaster risk reduction and adaptation. The goal of the researchers is to identify the barriers and potential opportunities to establishing a coordinated policy and legal response.
The project will use three case studies to evaluate digitalization as a tool for climate change adaptation, reflecting its multi-level approach.
Three disciplines in play
It is the hope of the two researchers that by adopting a transdisciplinary approach, the three disciplines - Law, Political Science, and Computer Science - will interact and converge their agendas in order to identify and solve real world problems, “merging soft and hard sciences”.
Adopting such an approach is critical to developing a coordinated policy and legal response to climate change adaptation across multiples sectors and levels of governance.