Our research focuses on the interaction between environmental hazards (e.g. floods, heat waves, and airborne pollutants) and society. It aims at a better understanding of this interaction by assessing the impacts that these hazards have on individuals, communities and whole urban areas and the way in which risks and vulnerabilities are dealt with and shaped through governance and management processes as well as everyday life activities. We employ different methods such as interviews, surveys, measurements, computer simulations, (geo-) statistical analyses. Collaborating with various stakeholders from the local to the global level, our results feed into the development and application of practices and strategies that aim at making communities more resilient and livable.