********************* CALL FOR PAPERS *********************
ARTICLE PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DUE DATE: May 1, 2014
SPECIAL ISSUE ON Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Crisis, Disaster, and Catastrophe Management
The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Prof. Christopher G. Reddick, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Dr. Akemi Takeoka Chatfield, University of Wollongong, Australia
In recent decades, the frequency, scale, and impacts of natural and man-made crises, disasters and catastrophes have markedly increased. Extreme events, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2010 Haiti Earthquake, 2011 East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami, and 2012 Hurricane Sandy, have overwhelmed the response capacity of government agencies and profoundly affected communities in large areas. We consider this to be a major concern for governments, nonprofit organizations (NPOs), citizens, and communities alike. However, intelligent information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as smartphones and social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs) are providing increased capacities for networking, enabling citizens and communities to actively engage with government in disaster management through crowdsourcing of local disaster information and playing increasingly important roles in all phases of a comprehensive disaster management cycle: disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. At the same time, the growing social and technological interdependence and resultant complexity of ICTs have exposed citizens, communities, and governments to a new level of vulnerability to the impacts of all types of hazards; in the aftermath of a disaster, for example, sustained large-area power failures and impaired critical infrastructures with associated cascading effects can result in a breakdown of clear cross-jurisdictional communication, a lack of timely actionable information, and an information chaos or “black hole.” We consider governing, managing, collecting, processing, evaluating, sense making, sharing, and communicating information in dynamically changing disaster environments to be a relevant and timely research theme for e-government research.
OBJECTIVE OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE
This Special Issue on ICT and Crisis, Disaster, and Catastrophe Management contributes to the critical discourseamong both researchers and practitioners in the homeland security and emergency management fields about both the role of ICT as a central information infrastructure in disaster management and the public administration and public policy implications of ICT for building a resilient society. Theoretical and empirical papers are invited that deal with any aspect of the analysis, design, development, deployment, implementation, integration, operation, use, or evaluation of ICT by governments, NPOs, and citizens for any phase of the comprehensive disaster management cycle. The specificpsychological, organizational, political, and social challenges in the context of crisis, disaster, and catastrophe management are of particular interest. Authors may focus also on the tools, functionalities, interfaces and/or scenario analyses of benefits and risks related to ICT use in disaster management. Questions include the use of advanced ICT, including ubiquitous mobile systems, social media channels, and geographic information systems (GIS) to cope with the aforementioned challenges.
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Theoretical foundations of and research methods applicable to ICT and disaster management
- Conceptions and measurements of resilience in disaster management and ICT
- Theoretical and/or empirical studies on dimensions of resilient information infrastructures in extreme events
- Disaster information governance and ICT
- Challenges in ICT and crisis/disaster/catastrophe operations and logistics management, including critical success and/or failure factors and case studies/lessons learned
- Early warning systems
- GIS and global positioning systems (GPS) in disaster management
- Roles of ICT, including mobile systems and social media platforms, as information infrastructures in disaster management
- Agent-based system-dynamic modeling of disaster management environments with ICT capabilities and operations
- Social media, rumors, social network analysis, sentiment analysis, and citizen coproduction of time-critical public information services
- Use of ICT in crowdsourcing for enhanced disaster situational awareness, citizen engagement, and public value co-creation
- Informational quality and cross-jurisdictional information sharing using ICT in crises/disasters/catastrophes
- ICT effects on facilitation of cross-sector collaboration and interoperation to manage emergent disaster dynamics
- Integration and interoperation of information systems in crises/disasters/catastrophes
- Crisis/disaster-related education and training, including teaching cases using ICT
- Nuclear power plant incidents, environmental monitoring, and coordinated mass evacuation policies using ICT
- Human and organizational information behavior in crises/disasters and its implications for human-centered design
- ICT and detection of sociotechnological and socioeconomic vulnerability
- Impacts of unauthorized surveillance disclosures on homeland security and/or bilateral trust and cross-border security cooperation arrangements
SUBMISSION DATES AND DEADLINES
* Article proposal abstract due (500 words): May 1, 2014.
* Proposal notification: May 15, 2014.
* Full article draft due: September 1, 2014.
* Peer review results: December 1, 2014.
* Final revised article due: February 1, 2015.
* Notification of final acceptance: February 15, 2015.
All manuscripts must follow JHSEM formatting requirements and must be written in English. Formatting instructions and submission guidelines can be found at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jhsem
ABOUT THE JOURNAL OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Created in 2004, the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (JHSEM) is an online journal that publishes original, innovative, and timely articles describing and assessing research and practice in the fields of homeland security and emergency management. JHSEM publishes not only peer-reviewed articles but also opinion, news/communiqués, and book/media reviews. Its electronic format allows us to leverage communication technologies in order to accumulate and disseminate the latest knowledge on a broad range of related topics in a timely and inexpensive manner. However, JHSEM is also offered in print format for those who prefer the traditional media.
Editor-in-Chief: Renda-Tanali, Irmak, D.Sc.
Managing Editor: McGee, Sibel, Ph.D.
Interested author(s) should email a 500-word paper proposal by May 1, 2014 to the guest editors. All full papers should be submitted through the central journal website at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgjhsem and should include a cover letter with a clear request for consideration within the special issue.
Prof. Christopher G. Reddick
University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Dr. Akemi Takeoka Chatfield
University of Wollongong, Australia