BuildERS—Building European Communities’ Resilience and Social Capital

BuildERS―works on increasing the societal resilience and social capital of European communities and citizens. It will do this by genuinely co-designing processes and tools with citizens, first-responder organisations and technology tools developers. The project will incorporate an inclusive and interactive research and analysis process, where the results are not derived ‘top-down’ but through a ‘bottom-top’ dynamic interaction.

Objectives of the BuildERS project are:

  • Providing an understanding of and how the most vulnerable people exposed to risks and threats understand risks, prepare for and behave individually and collectively in crisis.
  • Creating knowledge to empower and activate first-responders, policy makers, administrators, public and private service providers and citizens.
  • Analysing and providng insights on how new technologies and media could improve disaster resilience of societies.
  • Providing policy recommendations to the relevant stakeholders to maximize the usability and reliability of social media in disasters and recovery processes.

Mobility Lab provided a spatial analysis of population group presence and mobility based on population statistics dashboard and discussed its benefits for disaster management. The dashboard includes spatio-temporal human dynamic maps generated from mobile positioning data by Positium. The usability of the dashboard was created and evaluated with Estonian Rescue Board in tabletop exercises.

Research papers

  • Tominga, A., Silm, S., Orru, K., Vent, K., Klaos, M., Võik, E-J., Saluveer, E. (2023) Mobile positioning-based population statistics in crisis management: An Estonian case study. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 96,
  • Tominga, A (2021). Mobiilpositsioneerimise andmete rakendamine kriisireguleerimisel. Magistritöö Tartu Ülikoolis.

Public presentations and media coverage

  • Project name: Building European Communities’ Resilience and Social Capital
  • Duration: 1.05.2019-30.04.2022
  • Funding: EU Horizon 2020
  • Lead partner: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Principal Investigators at the University of Tartu: Kati Orru (Institute of Social Studies)
  • Principal Investigators at the Mobility Lab: Siiri Silm
  • People involved: Ago Tominga
  • Collaboration partners in Estonia: Estonian Rescue Board, Positium
  • Project webpage:
  • Project information in the Estonian Research Information System
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