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Combined Dealing with Disasters, UK Alliance for Disaster Research, Disasters Research Group and UK Collaborative for Development Research, International Conference 2019


Northumbria University

DwD-UKADR-DRG-UKCDR, International Conference 2019 

New points of departure in transitioning disaster reduction and sustainability challenges

The conference will examine current advances and future research needs. It is aimed at all those engaged in dealing with disasters research and allied areas of education, policy and practice.

Coming soon after the United Nations Global Platform for DRR in May 2019 and ahead of the next Climate Summit in September 2019, this event is to enlighten progressive research driven actions. The underlying area of inquiry will address new points of departure for science and technology, political will and behaviour change initiatives. It asks which systemic changes to the way people live with and take on disaster threats and sustainability challenges build momentum to survive and to thrive?

The Call:

We welcome wide ranging inputs that may variously contribute to advancing sciences, arts, policy or practice inside or outside of academia in engaging challenges of disaster risk reduction and sustainability. Contributions will variously bridge research findings, reflection and conjecture on what has and still can be done. Debate and empirically informed guidance will assist in bringing more impactful investment and inform a next generation of disaster management and sustainability research. The event is structured around both panel discussions and presentations.

Potential panel and presentation topics may relate to the following, though those related to other themes can be also considered:

  • Influencing future investment and research funding
  • Building the funder – researcher dynamic in the context of Global Challenges
  • Horizon scanning and living with uncertainty
  • Case studies of engagement and impact of DRR for sustainable development
  • Framing global risk assessment
  • Action data
  • Health and well-being at the heart of DRR and sustainable development
  • Health emergency and disaster risk management
  • Risk communication
  • The youth voice for disaster risk reduction
  • Modelling simulated risks and effects
  • Measuring community resilience
  • Confronting vulnerability and marginalisation
  • Disaster proofing future living
  • Integrated emergency management
  • Climate change and disasters
  • Disasters and global justice
  • Sociology of disasters and development
  • Culture and disasters
  • Urban planning and resilience
  • Conflict and disaster risk reduction
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Early warning, early action and precautionary approaches
  • Recovery and rehabilitation
  • Other areas (please specify)

Abstracts for individual papers will either align to the suggested topic or can align to newly proposed panels that would emerge. Abstracts are attached here. 

Applicants are invited to propose panels through an abstract of between 300 and 500 words and individual papers through an abstract of between 200 and 300 words. Send these to clearly stating the title.

Fee Options (includes morning and afternoon refreshments with a light lunch):

  • Full Fee (3 days of conference) £70
  • Full Fee Early Bird Rate (Ends 4th June 2019) £60
  • Day Rate £40
  • Student Fee (3 days of conference) £30
  • Student Fee Early Bird (Ends 31st May 2019) £20
  • Student Day Rate £15
  • Optional Conference Dinner £35

Key Dates:

  • Early Bird booking ends - 4th June 2019
  • Submit panel and paper proposals – by 26th May, 2019.
  • Acceptance of panel and paper proposals – by 31st May.
  • Draft programme – by 15th June.
  • Final programme – 30th June.
  • Conference – 17th-19th July.
  • Conference report – late August / early September.


Download the draft programme 


We are working in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau as the official accommodation booking provider to bring you the best accommodation rates for the conference. View the full range of accommodation options to suit all budgets - including great rates on 3 and 4-star hotels - book online quickly and easily.

Halls of Residence

A limited number of student rooms are available priced at £55 per night - for more information and booking click here.

A fuller description of the conference topic and institutions involved is attached here.

Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East 1
Business & Law Building
Newcastle upon Tyne


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