The Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS) is now accepting paper proposals!


The theme of this year's conference is 'Nature, Society and Scale' and includes interdisciplinary panels that reflect threshold concepts in relation to risk, disasters, crises and emergencies as well as the theoretical and methodological implications of the different disciplinary approaches, interventions, and contexts. 

You may submit your paper for a specific panel (see list below) or you may submit a paper proposal without indicating a specific panel, in which case the scientific committee will forward it to the most suitable panel for consideration.

The NEEDS conference is being organized by the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology and the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science and will be held on 10–12 June 2019 in Uppsala.

List of Panels

PANEL 1: Slow-onset disasters / Conveners: Reidar Staupe-Delgado (UiT The Arctic University of Norway) and Olivier Rubin (Roskilde University)

PANEL 2: Organized retreat: Fundamental considerations in relocation / Conveners: Alex Greer (State University of New York at Albany) and Sherri Brokopp Binder (BrokoppBinder Research & Consulting)

PANEL 3: Overcoming challenges in inter-organisational disaster response / Conveners: Claudia Berchtold and Philip Sendrowski (Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis (INT))

PANEL 4 ROUNDTABLE Author meets critics: Learning from Hurricane Katrina / Conveners: Arjen Boin (Leiden University) and Fredrik Bynander (Swedish Defence University)

PANEL 5 The cultural processes, institutions, geographies and relationships that shape ethics and accountability in local and transboundary disaster governance / Conveners: Paolo Cavaliere (University of Delaware) and Femke Mulder (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

PANEL 6 Adapting to climate risk – developing citizen preparedness structures / Conveners: Laurits Rauer Nielsen (Emergency and Risk Management, University College Copenhagen), Kerstin Eriksson (RISE Research Institutes of Sweden), and Marco Krüger (International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen)

PANEL 7 The politics and ethics of data and digital technologies in disasters and emergencies / Conveners: Kristoffer Albris (Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen) and Nathan Edward Clark (Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen)

PANEL 8 Governance, law, and policy / Conveners: Christy Shucksmith-Wesley (University of Nottingham) and Marie Aronsson-Storrier (University of Reading)

PANEL 9 Disruptive elements: Recurring disasters and gendered lives in Asia / Conveners: Helle Rydstrom (Department of Gender Studies, Lund University) and Claudia Merli (Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University)

PANEL 10 The politics and performance of civil preparations for crisis and war / Conveners:Oscar Larsson (SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and Christine Agius (Swinburne University)

PANEL 11 Disaster diplomacy / Conveners: Christian Webersik (University of Agder, Centre for Integrated Emergency Management) and Ilan Kelman (University College London)

PANEL 12 Inequality, vulnerability and intersectionality in relation to disasters / Conveners: Sara Bondesson (Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership, Swedish Defence University, and Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS)) and Frederike Albrecht (Department of Government and Department for Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, and Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS))

PANEL 13 Institutional learning in times of increased refugee movements and humanitarian crises / Conveners: Patricia Schütte (Public Safety and Emergency Management, Bergische Universität Wuppertal) and Cordula Dittmer (Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin) 

PANEL 14 Crisis governance: Taking on the grand challenges / Conveners: Jeroen Wolbers (Leiden University), Sanneke Kuipers (Leiden University), Kees Boersma (VU University Amsterdam), and Charles Parker (Uppsala University)

PANEL 15 Accessibility in emergency preparedness / Conveners: Dawid Wladyka and Katarzyna Sepielak (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

PANEL 16 Displacement: Examining the complexities of an escalating and vexing social dilemma / Conveners:Susanna Hoffman (Chief, Commission on Risk and Disaster, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences), Andrew Littlejohn (Leiden University/ Dundee University), and Irena L. I. Connon (Dundee University)

PANEL 17 Blown out of proportion: When media, literature and popular culture scale events / Conveners: Michael Hutt and Stefanie Lotter (SOAS, University of London)

PANEL 18 Post-disaster resiliency: Planning to meet community needs during the short-term recovery phase / Conveners: Claire Connolly Knox (School of Public Administration and National Center for Integrated Coastal Research, University of Central Florida) and Lauren A. Clay (Health Services Administration Department, D’Youville College; Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware)

PANEL 19 Multiple hazards and compound/cascading effects / Conveners: Maurizio Mazzoleni and Johanna Mård (Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University)

PANEL 20 Matters of scale in the making, understanding and analysing disasters and crises / Conveners: Susann Baez Ullberg (Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University) and Maria Rusca (Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University)

PANEL 21 Health and bodies in emergencies and uncertain times Conveners: Claudia Merli (Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University) and Mats Målqvist (International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), Uppsala University Hospital).