Collective action and collaborative governance in crisis situations

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)

Duration April 1, 2021 - March 31, 2026

  • Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
  • Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) AE (Details)
  • Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)


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Abstract (English)

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.


  • Graham Dwyer - Australia
  • Paul Spee - Australia



  • 5324 Organizational research (Details)
  • 5351 Public economy (Details)