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International Network of Disaster Studies

Goal: The International Network of Disaster Studies is not a formal organization but simply a loose association of university faculty and other senior researchers who get together to exchange ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest. At the initial conference in Haikou, China, in January 2017, participants came from more than a dozen countries.

Date: 9 January 2017 - 11 January 2021

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April 23, 2020
Dear colleague,
As you know, our conference “Confronting Disasters in an Era of Climate Change” – the 3rd convening of the International Network of Disaster Studies (INDS) -- was scheduled to take place July 21-23 in Shanghai, China.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we must postpone the event. At this time, we are uncertain when we can reschedule, although it will be as soon as feasible.
We had initially hoped that the disease might be contained quickly enough for us to proceed with the conference in July, but even as conditions appear to be improving in China, many uncertainties remain. Our most important obligation is not to put anyone’s health at risk; and, for the foreseeable future, the reality is that international travel permissions, travel itself, and the logistics of gatherings will be enormously difficult, if not impossible. Due to these challenges, we have now concluded we cannot proceed as we had planned. We will provide you updates on our plans as soon as we are able to do so and hope you will be able to attend.
Although we very much regret not being able to meet in July, we look forward to coming together once it is again possible to do so. Like most of you, we have been watching developments carefully over the last several months – first as the virus afflicted China, where we were to have met, and then as it appeared in one country after another. Certainly, these events have much to teach scholars of crises – and the lessons we draw and report to each other should make the conference an even richer experience.
The first two INDS conferences have been excellent opportunities for forging new relationships and rekindling existing ones as we engaged in dialogue about the many challenges the global community faces. When we are able to convene again, we will obviously have many new issues to discuss about disaster prevention and mitigation, crisis management, humanitarian aid, and recovery – certainly for infectious disease emergencies but also for other kinds of events whose problems may be seen in new light after our trying experiences with the coronavirus.
We will reach out to you with updates on our plans as they emerge. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions.
Please be careful and stay safe in these trying times!
Best regards,
Arnold M. HOWITT, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA
XUE Lan, School of Public Policy and Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, PR of China
Arjen BOIN, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University, The Netherlands
 
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**UPDATE: Proposal Submission Deadline Extended Until February 29, 2020**
Confronting Disasters in an Era of Climate Change: 3rd Conference of the International Network of Disaster Studies
 
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Conference Overview
DATES: July 21-23, 2020
LOCATION: Harvard Center Shanghai
VENUE ADDRESS: 5/F, Shanghai ifc - HSBC Building, No. 8 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, 200120, PRC
We are pleased to announce the third convening of the International Network of Disaster Studies (INDS), taking place July 21-23, 2020 in Shanghai, China. The conference will begin the morning of Tuesday, July 21, and end midday on Thursday, July 23. A detailed agenda will be posted here once the program is finalized.
We hope that you will save the date and consider proposing a paper or presentation topic. (Instructions for submitting proposals and additional information on the conference are provided below.) We look forward to seeing you in Shanghai in July!
Call for Papers
INDS is seeking proposals for papers and presentations that are broadly consistent with the conference theme, Confronting Disasters in an Era of Climate Change.
We welcome contributions on emergency events or potential crises which threaten or affect societal resilience. These include natural disasters, slow-onset crises, infrastructure or technology failures, epidemics, civil conflicts, and refugee flows. We invite proposals for panels, papers, or presentations that address prevention, risk reduction, and mitigation; domestic preparedness and emergency response; humanitarian relief to survivors and affected communities; and recovery efforts in neighborhoods, sub-national regions, or cross-national areas. Ideas for worthy topics that fall outside of the main theme area will also be considered.
Researchers should submit their proposals by January 15, 2020 by emailing crisisleadership@hks.harvard.edu.  Submissions should be made as attachments in Word (preferred) or PDF format.
Proposals should include: •    A brief topic/title for the paper or presentation •    An abstract of approximately 250 words explaining the topic and the findings •    Name(s) of proposers •    Their positions and institutional affiliations •    Email addresses and other contact information
Proposers will be notified by February 15, 2020 whether their topics have been selected for presentation on panels.
Because of the broad international participation expected at the conference, proposals and papers should be submitted in English. Completed papers should be approximately 3000-5000 words. PowerPoint slides may be submitted for presentations.
Papers or PowerPoint slides will be due by June 15, 2020, in order to be included in the proceedings to be distributed to conference attendees.
Registration
At this time, we ask that you indicate your interest in attending  the conference by joining the "Confronting Disasters" email list.
In several months, we will  reach out to list subscribers with more information about how to formally register. As space is limited, we cannot guarantee you a spot at the conference until we have completed this process.
Please note that participants will need to make their own travel and lodging arrangements and cover associated costs.
Conference Sponsors
Harvard University (USA): Harvard China Fund, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University Asia Center, Program on Crisis Leadership.
Tsinghua University (China): Center for Crisis Management Research, School of Public Policy & Management
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China): School of International and Public Affairs
Iwate University (Japan): Research Center for Regional Disaster Management 
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Arnold M. Howitt, Faculty Co-Director, Program on Crisis Leadership; and Senior Advisor, Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, United States
XUE Lan, Dean, Schwarzman College, and Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China
Arjen Boin, Professor of Public Institutions and Governance, Leiden University, the Netherlands
About the International Network of Disaster Studies
Formed in January 2017, the International Network of Disaster Studies (INDS) is an association of academics and practitioners who convene regularly to exchange ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest relating to emergency management, homeland security, risk governance, humanitarian assistance, disaster recovery, and other associated topics. Previous INDS conferences took place in 2017 in Haikou, China, and in 2018 in Morioka, Japan. As the network continues to grow, we hope that our conferences will rotate among countries and continents on an annual basis. 
 
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The response to Hurricane Katrina (2005) has been widely described as a disaster in itself. Politicians, media, academics, survivors and the public at large have slammed the federal, state and local response to this mega-disaster. If we are to believe the critics, the response was late, ineffective, politically charged, and even influenced by racist motives. But is this criticism true? Was the response really that poor? This chapter offers a framework for the analysis and assessment of a large-scale response to a mega-disaster, which is then applied to the Katrina response (with an emphasis on New Orleans). The chapter identifies some failings (where the response could and should have been better) but also points to successes that somehow got lost in the politicized aftermath of this disaster. The chapter demonstrates the importance of a proper framework based on insights from crisis management studies.
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this year, we have around 150 participants from over 20 countries, and the network is expanding after the first conference in Haikou, China.
 
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the second conference of the International Network of Disaster Studies will start tommorrow at Iwate University, Japan. it co-organized by Center for Crisis Management Research, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, People's Republic Of China & The Program on Crisis Leadership, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Taubman Center for State and Local Government, Harvard Kennedy School.
 
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Online Accommodation Booking for Participants of the Global Conference on the International Network of Disaster Studies in Iwate, Japan “Iwate Conference” has just been launched on our conference website. Special booking site for this conference participants is here. Hotel Metropolitan Morioka New Wing. https://inds-iwate.org/en/accommodation.html
 
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The information of Excursion after the Iwate conference has been launched on our conference website. https://inds-iwate.org/en/excursion.html Please check it out and make out your schedule. The Excursion is not just for fun. It includes site observations for 2011 tsunami disaster stricken area along the coast. You can see the reconstruction and revitalization process continuing until today. by critical infrastructure, such as seawalls, embankments and highway networks, by industries, such as fishery, commerce and sightseeing, by people, such as local government, communities and residents. You can confirm the importance of ‘emergency response’ just after a unprecedented disaster in the coastal region as well.
 
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The Proposal Submission deadline has been extended to March 19th.
 
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The conference website starts working! https://inds-iwate.org/en/
 
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Dear Colleague:
We are pleased to announce the second conference of the International Network of Disaster Studies.
Iwate University, has generously committed to host this conference from July 17-19, 2018, in its home city of Morioka, Japan. (Morioka is located about two hours north of Tokyo by high-speed train connection.) The conference theme will be Landscape-Scale Disasters, Humanitarian Response, and Regional Recovery. A “call for papers” accompanies this letter.
During the conference, there will be multiple panels at which papers will be presented and discussed, as well as ample opportunity for informal dialogue among participants. The conference will include an optional field trip on July 19-20 to the City of Rikuzentakata, on the coast of Iwate prefecture, to see the remarkable recovery that city has engineered in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. (Further information about conference arrangements will be forthcoming.)
The International Network of Disaster Studies is not a formal organization but simply a loose association of university faculty and other senior researchers who get together to exchange ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest. At the initial conference in Haikou, China, in January 2017, participants came from more than a dozen countries.
For the future, the network will seek to expand its reach to researchers from other countries; and we hope that over time the conferences will rotate among countries and continents. We also hope to expand the scope of research interests represented among conference participants. We will actively seek people interested not only in emergency response and risk governance but also in humanitarian assistance and regional disaster recovery. We hope to have researchers from various social science disciplines and other professional fields related to our subject areas.
If you know other faculty or senior researchers who you think would be interested, please forward this letter, or send us their names, affiliation, and contact information so we can let them know about the conference.
We look forward to seeing you in Morioka, Japan, next July.
Best regards,
Masaaki Minami, Professor and Director, Center for Regional Disaster Management, Iwate University, Japan
Xue Lan, Professor and Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China
Arnold Howitt, Co-Director, Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, USA
Arjen Boin, Professor of Public Institutions and Governance, Leiden University, the Netherlands
 
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Conference program book as attached.
 
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confirmed experts (part)
 
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preliminary  agenda
 
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Dear Hainan Conference Participants,
Thanks for your interest in the 2017 Hainan Conference, From the management of crisis to the governance of risk: Time for a paradigm shift. We’ve received some emails inquiring about the specific time of the conference, the hotel’s location and other logistics. Below is a brief clarification for the questions we received.
Time
The conference would start around 8:30 am on January.9th and would end around noon on January. 11th . You can arrange your flights and plan your accommodations accordingly.
Hotel Information
Name of the hotel: CIRD International Center for Academic Exchanges (CIRD is short for China Institute for Reform and Development) Address: 1# East 4th Changbin Street, Xiuying District, Haikou, Hainan, P.R.China. 570312
Note: Due to everyone’s busy schedule, many changes have been requested about the accommodations after filling in the online registration form. We’re going to send out another email/survey to confirm the hotel reservation and flight information early next week.
Poster
For poster presenters, the recommended size for the poster is 36*48 inches. (Approximately 91 *122 cm) Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.
One month countdown to the fantastic academic discussions in the beautiful Hainan Island! Have a good day!
 
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Decision letters for submitted proposals have been sent to corresponding authors.
 
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until today, we have received nearly 50 proposals. for colleagues who still would like to submit a proposal for the conference, please try to submit before Oct. 7.
 
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The International Network of Disaster Studies is not a formal organization but simply a loose association of university faculty and other senior researchers who get together to exchange ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest. At the initial conference in Haikou, China, in January 2017, participants came from more than a dozen countries.