Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research Special Issue* Effective Management of Natural Disasters: Conceptual, Empirical Issues and Case Studies

Guest Editor: Chennat Gopalakrishnan, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Call for Papers: Recent years have witnessed a dramatic increase in the human and economic impacts of natural disasters. Between 2003 and 2013, they have resulted in total economic damages of $1.5 trillion, 1.1 million deaths, and impacted the lives of 2 billion people. Furthermore, it is worth noting that there has been a steady increase in the intensity and frequency of natural disasters, 2017 representing a case in point. Water disasters have accounted over the years for a significant proportion of natural disasters in the U.S. and globally.

Ossified governance structures, polycentric decision-making entities, entropy-ridden institutions, cascading conflict scenarios, deep-seated and wide-ranging internal feuds and precariously perched, top-heavy decision agencies significantly add to the complexity of policy domains in the natural disasterscape. Against this bleak backdrop, well-intentioned policies stumble into a collision course, making the emergence of workable policies exceedingly difficult.

We have identified five broad categories of natural disaster policies for an in-depth study: risk management; vulnerability assessment; capacity building and resilience; disaster risk reduction-development linkage; and institutional design.

Possible topics include:
  • policy frameworks for natural disaster management
  • risk reduction and management
  • vulnerability (including climate-induced) reduction and assessment
  • capacity-building and resilience
  • disaster risk reduction-development linkage
  • institutional entropy reduction
  • polycentric decision making
  • and disaster governance-disaster policy nexus
We are seeking original contributions that will explore and shed light on the five policy areas noted above and related topics, using historical surveys, institutional analysis, econometric investigations and theoretical discussions. Policy-rich cross-disciplinary and transnational papers that examine the cause and consequence of water disasters are especially welcome. We are specially looking for case studies of recent natural disasters in the U.S and elsewhere. Of particular interest to us are case studies of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Sandy.

Submit your papers online: Please prepare your papers in accordance with the guidelines posted at under “Instructions for Authors.” Inquiries may be directed to the Editor-in-Chief at: Deadline: May 1, 2018

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