Nature, Society, and Scale

We are happy to announce the fourth edition of the Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies! In 2019 the conference will be hosted by Uppsala University, organised by the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology and the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science. The conference will take place 10–12 June 2019.

The NEEDS 2019 conference aims to explore the challenges of crisis and disaster research and intervention in an interdisciplinary perspective. The conference wishes to harness its broad, interdisciplinary expertise by gathering crisis and disaster researchers from academic institutions and practitioners from the crisis and disaster management community to build networks and to discuss the most pressing issues in disaster research across the academic and practical disciplines.

In 2019 we wish to continue the NEEDS tradition of bringing together academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines. Panels will focus on topics such as disaster risk reduction, community response, crisis communication and social media, resilience, crisis governance, social networks, humanitarian aid, and disaster tales and popular culture. The thematic focus of the conference is Nature, Society, and Scale and we encourage panel proposals that host interdisciplinary panels, workshop formats, and reflections around these threshold concepts, their theoretical as well as methodological implications in different disciplinary approaches, interventions, and contexts.

Ink your agendas with NEEDS 2019 in Uppsala!


The conference received financial support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond – The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. The participation of keynotes has been possible thanks to support received from Vetenskapsrådet – The Swedish Research Council.

The Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) sponsored the participation of 23 junior scholars, including postdoctoral research and PhD students.

The Forum for Africa Studies at Uppsala University is the travel sponsor for presenting participants from African countries.

NEEDS 2019 is acknowledged by the Uppsala University Sustainability Initiative (UUSI), which promotes research for facilitating society’s transition towards sustainability. By its theme – Nature, Society and Scale – the conference provides a forum for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on societal preparedness and response to hazard and risk. NEEDS 2019 hereby adds to the overarching goal of Uppsala University to “enhance the sustainability of our environment, improve human health, and secure societal development”. For more information about UUSI, see: https://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/sustainable-development/


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