UK Alliance for Disaster Research Annual Conference

University of Bristol

Complex hazards / complex vulnerabilities

27–28 March, 2018

University of Bristol

Theme: Complex hazards / complex vulnerabilities

In recent years there has been a growth of recognition that disasters arise from, and are impacted by, complex interlinked hazards interfacing with complex vulnerabilities. Rapid urbanization, climatic change, intensification and growing reliance on technology, and regional and global economic chains, are all making disaster risk reduction more complicated and more important. Understanding these complexities demands the integration of arts, social sciences, engineering, and the physical science knowledge. It also requires the sharing of expertise between practitioners, academics and policy makers. The 2018 UKADR Conference will explore the intersections of complexities related to disaster studies.

The UKADR conference provides a forum for UK researchers to network across disciplinary fields and to interact with research funders, national and local government and charitable organisations operating in the UK and internationally. International researchers are welcome to attend.

We are now inviting panel proposals for the conference, with a closing date of 15 November. The call for individual papers will open on 15 October 2017.

Panels will be allocated approximately 90 minutes.

Potential panel themes include:

  • Built environment
  • Climate change and disasters
  • Disaster funding, laws and policies
  • Disaster ICT and emergency communications
  • Disaster management
  • Disaster relief, resilience and research
  • Disaster response and management
  • Natural hazards
  • Technology and DRR
  • Police, fire, military personnel in disasters
  • Public health preparedness
  • Sociology of disasters
  • Urban planning and urban renewal
  • Other areas (please specify)

Submission guidelines:

  1. Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words, and should be submitted to: ukadr-2018@bristol.ac.uk
  2. Panels are expected to include academic and policy voices.