Collective action and collaborative governance in crisis situations

Project Details


This project tackles the challenges that coordinated collective action faces in situations of complex crisis. It will generate novel scholarly knowledge that addresses the question of how a heterogeneous collective of actors that transcends organizational and institutional boundaries can establish, sustain, restore, and organize the capacity to act and make appropriate decisions in crisis situations. The Australian bushfires of 2020 constitute our primary empirical case. We aim at developing an improved theoretical understanding of multi-actor collaborative governance in crisis situations by identifying obstacles and governance gaps that need to be overcome in order to improve response strategies to crisis situations of various kind.

Financing body

Australian Research Council (ARC)
Effective start/end date1/04/2131/03/26

Collaborative partners

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (OEFOS)

  • 506009 Organisation theory
  • 502024 Public economy