NEEDS 2 - The Second Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies – University of Copenhagen

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NEEDS 2 - The Second Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies

Venue: Alf Ross Auditorium, 3rd floor, room 9A-3-01 and room 8B-3-03, 8B-3-09, 8B-3-19, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 17-19 May 2017

We’re thrilled to announce another North European Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS) conference to be held in 2017. Expect four world-class keynote speakers, a path-breaking cooperation with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, who will host NEEDS 3; a track dedicated to practitioners and a series of experiments with the traditional conference formats. So: please block 17-19 May 2017 in your calendar – it will be fun!

Speakers and presentations:

Dorothea Hilhorst is professor of humanitarian aid and reconstruction in disaster and conflict at the International Institute of Social Studies at the Erasmus University in The Hague, NL.
Kathleen Tierney is professor of sociology and the former director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, CO, US.
Greg Bankoff is professor of history at the University of Hull, UK.
Per Lægreid is professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen.


Programme, registration and accommodation:

  • See the programme below (pdf).
  • Please register for the conference no later than 16 May 2017.
  • Many conferences are taking place in Copenhagen in May, and hotel rooms are expensive. We advise you to make your booking as soon as possible.

Organizer: Changing Disasters, a project financed by the University of Copenhagen 2016 programme for excellent interdisciplinary research

  • Parallel Sessions
  • Practitioners track

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