About the project

The aim of this project is to investigate how the crisis response abilities of the public can be enhanced and what public empowerment policies are successful in realising this aim.


The project Public Empowerment Policies for Crisis Management (PEP) is a cooperation of several teams of researchers from January 2012 to December 2014. This EU-funded project is coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä and based on extensive ground work by research teams from: Mid Sweden University, Global Risk Forum – Switzerland, Inconnect – the Netherlands, Emergency Services College – Finland, University of Jyväskylä – Finland.

  • Layout and realization: Antti Myöhänen, Lassi Paavolainen.
  • Main content: Jenni Hyvärinen, Anne-Marie van het Erve, Nico de Gouw, Matti Haataja, Laura Hokkanen, Catrin Johansson, Anne Laajalahti, Niina Meriläinen, Mikael Linnel, Susanna Öhman, Anna Olofsson, Hannu Rantanen, Marc Stal, Helen Sullivan, Mari Svahn, Frank Vergeer, Marita Vos, Erika Wall, Boyang Zhang.
  • International Expert Panel (advisors): Carl-Erik Christoffersen, Craig Duncan, Michiko Hama, Risto Isaksson, Winni Johanssen, Petri Kekale, Andreas Koler, Angeles Moreno, Silke Schmidt, Irina Stanciugelu.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2012–2015) under grant agreement n° 284927.