Global Risk Forum GRF Davos

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction


The modern world is seeing an inexorable rise in the impact of disasters. Society is becoming more complex and interdependent, climate change is likely to produce more extreme meteorological phenomena, sea-level rise threatens coastal low-lying coastal areas, technological developments create new sources of disaster, and emerging risks present new challenges to crisis managers. Faced with more intense, frequent or complex impacts, there is a pressing need to conduct research into the sources of hazard, vulnerability, risk and disaster, to disseminate the results and use them for the purposes of reducing or coping better with the threats and risks.

Elsevier Publishers and the Global Risk Forum Davos are pleased to inform you of the launch of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. The IJDRR will publish a wide range of original high quality papers that cover fundamental and applied research, critical reviews, policy briefings and case studies. It will focus on multi-disciplinary work designed to reduce the impact of natural, technological, social and intentional disasters. The journal will stimulate exchange of ideas and knowledge transfer on the disaster research, mitigation and risk reduction between policymakers, practitioners and academics from different disciplines.

Aims and Scope

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (IJDRR) is the journal for researchers, policymakers and practitioners across diverse disciplines: Earth Sciences in its entirety; Environment Sciences; Civil Engineering; Urban Studies; Geography; and Sociology. It publishes fundamental and applied research, critical reviews, policy papers and case studies focusing on multidisciplinary researc aiming to reduce the impact of natural disasters. IJDRR stimulates exchange of ideas and knowledge transfer on disaster research, mitigation and risk reduction at all geographic scales: local, national and international.

Key topics covered by the journal include

  • multifaceted and cascading disasters
  • spatial and temporal monitoring, analysis and zoning of regional hazard and risk
  • the development of risk reduction strategies and techniques
  • discussion and development of effective warning and educational systems for risk reduction in
  • different cultures and communities
  • climate change and its implications for future disaster risk
  • governance and the creation of disaster resilience.

The journal particularly encourages papers which approach risk from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It will be of interest to people working in risk assessment, management and communication; disaster planning, management and response; crisis control and threat reduction; hazards insurance; and many other areas, professions and disciplines.

David Alexander, Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, Switzerland

Editorial Board:
Ali Asgary, York University, Canada
Djillali Benouar, University of Bab Ezzouar,Algeria
Jörn Birkmann, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Security, Germany
Omar Dario Cardona, National University of Colombia, Colombia
Andrew E. Collins, Northumbria University, United Kingdom
Susan L. Cutter, University of South Carolina, columbia, USA
Elaine Enarson, Boulder, Colorado, USA
John Handmer, RMIT University, Australia
Yasamin O. Izakhah, International Institute for Earthquake Engineering and Seismology IIEES, Islamic Republic of Iran
Ilan Kelman, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo, Norway
Fausto Marincioni, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
Mondastri K. Sudaryo, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
Anthony Oliver-Smith, University of Florida, USA
Douglas Paton, University of Tasmania, Australia
Marla A. Petal, Risk RED, New York, USA
Kurt Petersen, Lund University, Sweden
Stefan W. Pickl,University of the German Armed Forces, Germany
Boris N. Porifriev, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation
Stephan R. Schreckenberg, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., Switzerland
Dewald Van Niekerk, North West University, South Africa

We invite academics and practitioners to submit papers to the journal. All articles will be peer reviewed and high standards of acceptance and production will be guaranteed.


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