Workshop on Higher Education in Disaster Management: Opportunities & Challenges: Call for papers

Date and time: Feb. 10, 2017 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Venue: National Institute of Disaster Management, 5B, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, M.G. Road, NewDelhi – 110002

Co-organized by National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi and The International Emergency Management Society - India Chapter

Supported by The Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai



Disasters are increasing in intensity and number and may even become worse due to climate change, living in the coastal (sea and river) areas, and haphazard urbanization. Disasters inflict deaths and disabilities, affect people, disrupt businesses and gains of long-term development in a short time. World Bank has estimated that on an average direct losses from disasters go up to two percent of Indian GDP and 12% of government revenue per year. OCHA asserts that seven rupees in disaster response are saved by investing each rupee in disaster preparedness.


We need professionals educated in disaster management for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Higher education in the context of proposed Workshop includes long-term education programs, which are six-months or more duration. However, training  programs of less than six-month duration are excluded. In future, more disaster managers in government, business and industry, and non-profit will come to the job with higher education in disaster management. This is the first Workshop in India focusing on Higher Education in Disaster Management.

Objective of Workshop

The objective of the Workshop is to explore the opportunities and challenges involved in higher education in disaster management globally in general and particularly in India.

The focus of the Workshop is on:

  • Higher education opportunities in disaster management at certificate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral level,
  • History and growth of disaster management higher education,
  • Face-to-face, distance, online, and blended higher education courses,
  • Quality considerations and accreditation,
  • Research in disaster management,
  • Opportunities in disaster management as a career, and
  • Challenges of employment.

Who Should Attend?

The Workshop will provide an opportunity to bring together policy makers, disaster management administrators, higher education administrators, researchers, academicians, corporate social responsibility executives, business continuity professionals, non-profit representatives, students, parents, and others who are interested in disaster management to learn about the opportunities and challenges of higher education in disaster management, peer-learning, and networking to make India and the world disaster resilient.

National Institute of Disaster Management

NIDM came into being under section 42 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, by redesignating National Centre for Disaster Management of Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, which has been working since 1995. NIDM has been assigned nodal responsibilities for human resource development, capacity building, training, higher education, documentation, research, and policy  advocacy in the field of disaster management. NIDM is performing a crucial role in bringing disaster risk reduction to the forefront of the national agenda. NIDM has a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working in various aspects of disaster management. The vision of NIDM is to create a disaster resilient India by building the capacity at all levels for disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.

The International Emergency Management Society - India Chapter

TIEMS started in 1993 is registered in Brussels as an international, independent, and not-for-profit voluntary organization of disaster and emergency management professionals ( TIEMS has international network of experts that is valuable for exchanging expertise and experience, and can ensure that culturally appropriate best solutions for disaster management would be used. TIEMS organizes workshops, conferences, and conducts research. TIEMS Newsletter with about 100 pages of contemporary disaster management news, developments, research, events, and incidents is issued three times a year and sent to about 100,000 people around the world. TIEMS has 13 chapters in different countries and regions of the world, including TIEMS–India Chapter, which was registered on April 9, 2015, under the Rajasthan Public Trust Act, 1959. TIEMS-IC proactively and pro bono got Jaipur selected as one of the 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by Rockefeller Foundation, is disaster management partner of world’s largest free Jaipur Literature Festival, and designed and conducted an elective disaster management course for the first time in the fifty year history of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 2014-15.

The Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

The Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM) was established in 2006 consolidating over 60 years of TISS experience in disaster response. The JTCDM pioneered disaster higher education in India. It is now a School with vision to emerge as a trans-disciplinary academic entity engaged in disaster studies offering quality educational programs, research and extension services. The School seeks to influence disaster discourse, policy and practice through critical thinking based on values of social and environmental justice and equity. It proposes to house The Centre for Disasters and Development, The Centre for Disaster Management, and the Centre for Geo-informatics. The School offers doctoral and masters' programs in disaster management, along with several diploma and certificate programs. All courses are build on synergies between the natural, technological and social sciences and engagements emphasize holistic, people-centered and participatory approaches to disaster management.

Paper Submission and Registration

Papers related to the focus areas of the Workshop (page 2) and registration are invited: by January 20, 2017

Papers need to be between 750 to 1,250 words, excluding tables, figures, annex, and references, in Arial 12 font, 1.5 spacing, A4 size paper with 2.5 cm margin all around, and four keywords. Papers should have title, name, affiliation, and contact details (email address and cell phone number), and address of the author or authors. Papers should be submitted and registration (no form) made by using MS Office Word to: Dr. Ritu Raj at with a copy to Dr Kailash Gupta, at

Authors whose papers are accepted for face-to-face presentation will be informed by January 30, 2017. A delegate (without paper presentation) may also register by January 20, 2017 through an email at above addresses with her/ his details. At least one of the authors have to physically present the paper, otherwise paper will be removed from the Workshop program.

The Workshop venue has limited capacity. Therefore, please send your papers and registration as early as possible. Registration will be accepted based on the relevance of the paper relating to the focus of the Workshop, early registration, diversity of the participants, and other criteria. There is no registration fee. All participants have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Publication of Papers

The papers submitted to and presented at the workshop will be published in TIEMS Special Issue Newsletter and also published in TIEMS Library on TIEMS web-site, Selected papers will be considered for publication in The Indian Journal of Social Work, the flagship publication of TISS.

Workshop Venue The Workshop will be held at NIDM, 5B, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, M.G. Road, New Delhi - 110002.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for paper submission and registration to, with copy to January 20, 2017
  • Paper acceptance by: January 30, 2017
  • Workshop time, day, and date: 10:00 to 17:00 Hrs, Friday, February 10, 2017

For further details please contact:

  1. Dr. Ritu Raj
    Research Associate
    National Institute of Disaster Management, (Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India)
    5B, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, M.G. Road, New Delhi - 110002
    Tel.: +91 11 2372 5517,

  2. Dr. Kailash Gupta
    Honorary Managing Trustee
    The International Emergency Management Society - India Chapter
    C 56 Opp. TPS, Shastri Nagar, Jaipur 302 016
    Tel.: +91 941 404 7890, +91 141 228 1888,

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