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CFP: Third International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction 5/15

The Third International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction (3ICUDR) will be held September 28–October 1, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The conference builds on an established practice of international collaboration and knowledge-sharing after disaster events in Japan, U.S., and Taiwan. In this third conference, New Zealand joins the three collaborating countries. The mission for this conference is to develop, integrate, and promote new knowledge and best practices in sustainable disaster recovery, with a particular emphasis on urban environments.
Young scholars are encouraged to present emerging research. Papers that bridge the knowledge gaps between research and practice are particularly welcomed. For more information and suggested topic areas, view the Call for Abstracts at The deadline for submission is May 15, 2014 here:

Broad topic areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Unique challenges and opportunities for recovery in urban environments
  • New theorizing of sustainable recovery across local, regional, and national contexts
  • Comparisons and contrasts of sustainability measures used in recovery across the four countries
  • Influences on and effects of recovery outcomes (political, economic, cultural, organizational, and environmental)
  • Differential vulnerability and capacity in sustainable disaster recovery
  • Recovery planning and implementation under uncertainty
  • Linkages between disaster recovery and other stages of disaster, such as mitigation or adaptation
  • Public and private investment for resilient infrastructure
  • Recovery planning for emerging crises that do not adhere to our current understandings of disaster
  • Resolving conflicts between sustainable recovery and post disaster risk management

Abstract Requirements:

  • Abstracts should be 1 page single-spaced and be submitted through the conference’s online system at:
  • Submission Deadline is May 15, 2014
  • Notification of Acceptance will be given in June 2014.
  • Accepted presenters will be required to submit a 4-5 page, single-spaced paper by August 15th, 2014.
  • A limited number of travel grants will be available for young researchers and practitioners.

The conference is being organized by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute in collaboration with colleagues from the following partner organizations: (1) the Natural Hazards Center, Boulder, Colorado; (2) the Research Center for Disaster Reductions Systems (DRS), Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Kyoto, and the Risk Management Office/Research Center for Natural Hazard & Disaster Recovery, Niigata University, Niigata, in coordination with the Institute of Social Safety Science; (3) the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) and the Disaster Management Society of Taiwan; and (4) the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) and GNS Science, New Zealand. For more information about the conference, visit: