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NEEDS Conference

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.

Final 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: 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), Irena L. I. Connon (Dundee University), 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 Governing Ethics, Accountability, and Data in Disasters / Conveners: Kristoffer Albris (Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen) and Nathan Edward Clark (Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen), 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 Governance, law, and policy / Conveners: Christy Shucksmith-Wesley (University of Nottingham) and Marie Aronsson-Storrier (University of Reading)

PANEL 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 Accessibility in emergency preparedness / Conveners: Dawid Wladyka and Katarzyna Sepielak (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

PANEL 14 Blown out of proportion: When media, literature and popular culture scale events / Conveners: Michael Hutt and Stefanie Lotter (SOAS, University of London)

PANEL 15 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 16 Multiple hazards and compound/cascading effects / Conveners: Maurizio Mazzoleni and Johanna Mård (Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University)

PANEL 17 Matters of scale in the making, understanding and analysing water-related disasters and crises / Conveners: Susann Baez Ullberg (Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University), Maria Rusca (Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University), and Giuliano Di Baldassarre (Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University)

PANEL 18 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)

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