Key Concepts for Critical Infrastructure Research

This publication is one of the first results of joint work in the interdisciplinary research training group KRITIS and has been written jointly by all of the 12 doctoral researchers of the ‘first cohort’ in that school. It is the fruit of our intensive discussions about the concepts criticality, vulnerability, resilience, and preparedness & prevention, which inform discourse on critical infrastructures in public as well as scientific debates. The book examines the links between them and gives a critical overview over the uses and limitations of these concepts. It represents an example for interdisciplinary collaboration as it proves that exchange between humanities, social sciences and engineering researchers is possible – and fruitful. The publication aims at creating a common ground for interdisciplinary infrastructure research.

In alphabetical order, the book is authored by the following doctoral researchers: Arturo Crespo (Civil Engineering), Marcus Dombois (Civil Engineering), Stephanie Eifert (Medieval History), Ivonne Elsner (Urban and Infrastructure Planning), Jan Henning (History of Technology), Andreas Huck (Urban and Regional Geography), Alice Knauf (Political Science), Kristof Lukitsch (Contemporary History), Manas Marathe (Architecture and Urban Planning), Marcel Müller (Philosophy), Nadja Thiessen (Contemporary History) and Chris Stahlhut (Computer Science).

The Research Training Group CRITIS is funded by the German Research Foundation.