MASARYKOVA UNIVERZITA is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic. At present it comprises nine faculties with over 200 departments, institutes and clinics and it is recognized as one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic and of the South Moravian Region. The Faculty of Economics and Administration (FEA) is one of the largest faculties of Masaryk University. The faculty’s primary objective is to further education and research in the economic sciences on the regional, national and international level.
The faculty participates in a broad spectrum of research projects and is involved in long-term collaboration with a large number of research institutes and public administration institutions (like H2020 project “Governance of the Interoperability Framework for Rail and Intermodal Mobility” - H2020-S2RJU-2016-01, No. 730844 or “Resource-efficient Circular Product-Service Systems” - H2020-CIRC-2017TwoStage, No. 776577-2). The research team within the project will be based within the Department of Corporate Economy, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University, where the research team dealing with crisis management is active (team within the department is recognized under the name “Institute for Strategy, Foresight, Risk and Innovation Management” – ISFRI with leading researcher Dr. Johannes Goellner).
Above mentioned research team does present the state of the art expertise in the area of risk management. ISFRI is a unique cross-border and European instrument, represents a unique European innovation for science, business and politics to fulfil the above cited thematic complex from an interdisciplinary holistic perspective in the context of cross-border university and practical training, to organize, develop, operate and represent research and development. Team ISFRI is a competent partner for the public and private sector within the EU and especially in the CEE and the Czech Republic. Team ISFRI on the Department of Corporate Economy closes the existing gap of a currently non-existent unique CEE / EU-specific and technically interdisciplinary "knowledge broker" for strategy, foresight, risk, crisis and innovation management.
At the international level, the Faculty of Economics and Administration is, through its departments, active in several areas – for example the Department of Public Economies does participate in the European network EAPAA - European Association for Public Administration Accreditation and its program is thus accredited on the EU level and is a part of the NISPACEE (The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe); Department of Finance does have accreditation from ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) etc. The very advantage regarding the quality of research is a potential to use the equipment and services by the Masaryk University Faculty of Informatics like modelling of solutions using advance computer technology potential provided or capacity to work with a big data.
Masaryk University is a research university; hence it has an extensive experience in theory development and empirical testing. Faculty of Economics and Administration has experiences in whole economic areas and especially in relation to the project: (1) potential to generate knowledge base in the area of the crisis management; (2) reverse and closed loop within the crisis management area; (3) validation of damage detection and assessment tools that lead to a rapid response and recovery from a disaster event (4) providing of adaptation solutions to enhance CH buildings and sites resilience; (5) public policies and strategies formulation, implementation and evaluation; (6) big data computation.
Masaryk University has access to most of world journal databases (e.g. Scopus, EBSO, SAGE, Jstor, Wiley library, etc.) as well as all licence for necessary software or access to online application (e.g. Bloomberg). There is significant computing potential necessary for advance statistical and economic analysis based on special facilities such as the Laboratory of Data Intensive Systems and Applications (DISA) on the Faculty of informatics.
Based on the SHELTER’s project orientation the research team on the Department of the Corporate Economy, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University, will be capable to undergo the cross-border/European research in the area of the disaster reduction policies and strategies. The second area that does match the proposal needs and will be performed by the research team is the economic cultural assessment.
Above mentioned topics will be tackled from an interdisciplinary holistic perspective in the context of cross-border university and practical training, to organize, develop, operate and represent research and development.
Based on the long-term cooperation with the stakeholders in the area of the crisis management in the area of Central and Eastern European Countries, the research team is capable to successfully perform the research activities of the SHELTER proposal, being therefore, responsible for the early warning system and cost-benefit analysis of solutions.