As a member of the Department Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas, Birgit Gerkensmeier works for the ENHANCE-project – enhancing risk management partnerships for catastrophic natural disasters in Europe. Within this project, she is engaged in one of ten cases studies to assess the scope of new multi-sector partnerships as an additional measure to increase resilience against natural hazards. Moreover, her PhD focuses on topics of coastal management and handling risk and uncertainties resulting from natural hazards in coastal areas. Within the scope of her work, she also analyses the role of stakeholders in a complex decision-making system along the Wadden Sea Coast.
During her studies at the Universities of Bremen and Hamburg, Birgit Gerkensmeier had already gained experience in storm surge research and was also engaged in different research projects. She subsequently worked on raising stakeholders’ awareness on flood risks in regard to climate change impacts.
- Coastal management
- Storm surge research
- Stakeholders in decision-making processes
- Gerkensmeier, Birgit, Beate Ratter, Manfred Vollmer (2016): Trilateral (flood) risk management in the Wadden Sea Region; In: ENHANCE (2016). Novel Multi-Sector Partnerships in Disaster Risk Management. Results of the ENHANCE project. Jeroen Aerts and Jaroslav Mysiak (eds). EU FP7 project ENHANCE. pp. 346, Brussels, chapter 11, pp. 210-231.
- Gerkensmeier B., Ratter B. M. W. (2016): Multi-risk, multi-scale and multi-stakeholder – Contribution of the bow-tie analysis in risk management processes in the trilateral Wadden Sea Region, Journal of Coastal Conservation.
- González-Riancho, Pino; Gerkensmeier, Birgit; Ratter, Beate M.W.; González, Mauricio; Medina, Raúl (2015): Storm surge risk perception and resilience. A pilot study in the German North Sea coast. Ocean & Coastal Management, 112 (2015) 44-60
Birgit Gerkensmeier is part of the research project ENHANCE. Further information can found here: Projects