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Call for authors: Disaster and Emergency Management Series
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Disaster and Emergency Management Series Call for Authors Prevention:
Innovating and Adapting to Prevent Disasters 

Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for an Elsevier book series of cases on disaster and emergency management. The series is comprised of five volumes aligned with the traditional disaster life cycle. In addition to volumes related to mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, the series includes a volume on prevention. This call specifically seeks potential authors for case studies related to Prevention Volume.

About the Book Series 

Professionals across all sectors are expected to have the expertise to deal effectively and efficiently with a range of complex problems. This includes the ability to adapt and innovate in response to demands they face. This case study book series is designed to support learning about innovation and adaptation in the disaster and emergency management (DEM) field. Emergency management professionals’ experience is place based, and this often limits the ability to learn from experience due to the infrequency of disasters. Case studies provide a means of learning vicariously from the experience of others, and thus expanding professionals’ experiential knowledge base. Through structured analysis of cases studies, professionals can deepen their understanding about different aspects of disaster and emergency management practice. This case study series is designed to develop an understanding of the characteristics of expert practice in the DEM field, including the ability to proactively and reactively adapt and innovate in response to needs in the operating environment. 

Book Series Editors:

Jean Slick, Ph. D. ( ) Director, School of Humanitarian Studies Associate Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management Program, Royal Roads University. 
Jane Kushma, Ph.D. ( ) Jane A. Kushma, Professor, Department of Emergency Management, Jacksonville State University. 

Prevention Volume  

Prevention: Innovating and Adapting to Prevent Disasters

We define prevention to include policies, actions and other efforts to avoid, prevent or stop a hazard from becoming a disaster. In addition to avoiding the risk of hazard occurrence (e.g., stopping disease transmission), prevention activities are often associated with addressing the underlying causes of human vulnerability to hazards (e.g., improving overall health status). Activities undertaken to identify a hazard threat before it becomes a clear and present threat to the community can prevent a disaster from happening. Similarly, measures undertaken to eliminate the root causes that make people vulnerable to disasters can significantly prevent future community losses.

Prevention activities might overlap with other stages of the disaster cycle, such as preparedness and mitigation. Usually, prevention activities will direct the shock away from the system or remove system vulnerabilities so that the external shock can no longer adversely affect the system or will result in a very limited impact. Examples of prevention activities include planning and development policies, climate mitigation, cyber security, fusion center operations, law enforcement, health prevention activities, and fire prevention inspections. Cases in this volume will help to shed light on the different hazard threats where preventative strategies and activities are both appropriate and necessary.

Please submit proposals (word documents) as per the format below by February 15, 2017 to volume editor, Himanshu Grover ( Authors will be notified by early March about the status of their proposal and sent detailed chapter guidelines. Chapters of 10,000 – 12,500 words will be due July 15, 2017 for consideration for publication in late 2017. All submitted chapters will be peer reviewed, and contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers. 

Please include the following sections in your proposal: 

1. Name/Affiliation/Contact information for author 
2. Brief Biography (maximum 500 words) 
3. Tentative Title of Chapter 
4. Geographic location of case study 
5. Type of problem and need addressed by the case study (maximum 100 words) 
6. Hazard type(s) associated with the case study 
7. Social unit that is the focus of the case (e.g., individuals, organizations, communities)
8. Extended Abstract (maximum 1000 words): Your abstract should briefly describe how your case study illustrates state-of-the-practice knowledge, or of the conditions or circumstances that give rise to the need for innovation, and of effective innovative responses. Please highlight the specific prevention policies, and actions as relevant to your case study.
9. Expected time (in days) required by you to provide a complete chapter for peer-review. 

For additional information, please contact the volume editor:
Himanshu Grover, Ph. D. ( ) 
Department of Urban Design and Planning, Co-Director, Institute for Hazard Mitigation and Planning,
College of Built Environments, University of Washington.

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