The social resilience of Croatian society in the midst and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic (SOCRES)

Acronym:

SOCRES

Coordinator:

Institute for Social Research in Zagreb

Financed by:

Croatian Science Foundation

Project duration:

July 2020 – July 14, 2022

Abstract:

The COVID-19 pandemic and its strategies of containment raise the question of what enhances the capacities of individuals, groups and organizations, or society in general, to deal with threats and negative effects more competently? The main research goal of this project is to explore the features of social resilience in Croatian society in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate aftermath. Social resilience is understood as a concept that encapsulates individuals, organizations and communities (or society per se) and their abilities and capacities to absorb, cope with and adjust to threats which can be social and/or environmental in nature. Social resilience is the ability of a society to withstand external shocks to its social infrastructure. In this project we will have three research streams (RS) which will explore three determinants of social resilience: (RS1) social relationships and network structures; (RS2) knowledge, narratives and media frames; (RS3) social metabolism and institutional capacities. Since social resilience is a multidimensional concept it requires an interdisciplinary approach and analyses of various scales and empirical sources. In this project we will be drawing on sociological concepts, but also bringing them together with insights from political economy and ecological economics. We will also be drawing on existing data and research instruments whilst building on them and enriching them. Different methods will be combined: interviews, observations, questionnaires and analysis of secondary data. Our respondents will be the general public, but also experts, politicians and activists. An overarching outcome of our analyses will be to have a better understanding of the coping, adaptive and transformative capacities of Croatian society during a crisis situation such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Empirical insights into different facets of social resilience in Croatia would be coherently represented in visual (i.e. Sustainability Doughnut visualisation of overall social resilience), analytical and narrative frames. This project will result in a better understanding of the social governance of epidemiological resilience and the socio-cultural and institutional adaptation to 21st century-specific development constraints. Therefore, the project will be of interest to policy-makers and civil society organizations in terms of its specific recommendations on measures which can be taken, particularly in relation to strengthening social capital, crisis communication and broader environmental and economic concerns, with the purpose of strengthening Croatia’s social resilience.

Project web site:

www.idi.hr/socres

Principal investigator:

Branko Ančić

IDIZ

Research team:

Marija Brajdić Vuković

IDIZ

Teo Matković

IDIZ

Lana Peternel

IDIZ

Adrijana Šuljok

IDIZ

Karin Doolan

University of Zadar, Department of Sociology

Mladen Domazet

Institute for Political Ecology

Danijela Dolenec

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science

Valerija Barada

University of Zadar, Department of Sociology

Dražen Cepić

University of Zadar, Department of Sociology

Željka Tonković

University of Zadar, Department of Sociology

Krešimir Krolo

University of Zadar, Department of Sociology

Drago Župarić-Iljić

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Jasminka Lažnjak

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Dragan Bagić

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Petra Rodik

Independent researcher

Paško Bilić

Institute for Development and International Relations

Jaka Primorac

Institute for Development and International Relations

Jelena Puđak

Institute of Social Sciences “Ivo Pilar”

Srđan Golubović

Croatian Institute of Public Health

Marija Švajda

Croatian Institute of Public Health

Marko Brkić

Croatian Institute of Public Health

Jan Šnajder

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Iva Vukojević

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Matej Gjurković

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Ivo Furman

Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Media and Communication Systems

Savas Yildirim

Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Giacomo D’Alisa

University of Coimbra