Social emergent crises are events that occur abruptly and usually lead to serious consequences, both economically and mentally, to individuals, groups, communities, or to the whole society. Typical categories of emergent crises include natural disasters, accidental disasters, public health incidents and social safety incidents. In recent years, large and small unexpected crises have happened one after another and the number of crises happening each year has shown a tendency to increase dramatically.
While the literature focusing on response, resilience and social and security issues has drawn a lot of attention from researchers and practitioners, the importance of an interdisciplinary approach has so far been underestimated and many issues related to the control and management of emergent crises remain unsolved. Open research challenges include the understanding of individual and group behaviour in crises, roles played by public media and governmental agencies, communication via online social networks, and so on.
To build up comprehensive infrastructures for efficient and effective crisis response and management requires integrative and collaborative efforts from many disciplines including management, psychology, pubic administration, sociology, communication and information technology.
This special issue aims at bringing together the latest fundamental and applied research on interdisciplinary sciences and technologies in crisis response and management. The discovered sciences and technologies can thus be effectively disseminated in academia and explained to government administrators, meeting the challenges of achieving agility, resilience and effectiveness in crisis response and management.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Individual and group behaviour
- Modelling and simulation
- Experimental studies
- Games in crisis management
- Human-computer interaction
- Monitoring and predicting disasters and prevention
- Intelligent systems
- Social networks
- Decision analysis and decision technologies
- Geographic information and crisis management
- Research methods
Intent with title and abstract: 30 April, 2012 (by email)
Full paper submission: 20 May, 2012 (online submission)
Notification of acceptance: 10 July, 2012
Final paper due: 10 August, 2012