Global Conference on the International Network of Disaster Studies in Iwate, Japan Iwate Conference

Greetings from the Organizers

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce the second conference of the International Network of Disaster Studies. The conference theme will be Landscape-Scale Disasters, Emergency Response, and Regional Recovery.

We cordially invite interested faculty and senior researchers, as well as advanced graduate students, whose professional work focuses on aspects of disasters studies to attend.

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 will feature presentations and discussion of emergency events or potential crises which threaten or affect societal resilience in large geographic areas. These include (but are not limited to) natural disasters, slow-onset crises, infrastructure or technology failures, epidemics, civil conflicts, and refugee flows. Presentations will address prevention, risk reduction, and mitigation; domestic preparedness and emergency response; international humanitarian relief to survivors and affected communities; and recovery efforts in in neighborhoods, sub-national regions, or cross-national areas.

The conference will also offer ample time for informal conversation and idea exchange among researchers not only from Japan but also a number of countries in Asia, Europe, and North America.

We hope to see you in Morioka in July.

Best regards,

  • Masaaki Minami,
    Professor and Director, Center for Regional Disaster Management, Iwate University, Japan
  • Xue Lan,
    Professor & Dean, School of Public Policy & 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