Disaster and Emergency Management Series
Call for Authors
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. (Jean.Slick@RoyalRoads.ca ) Director, School of Humanitarian Studies
Associate Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management Program, Royal Roads University.
Jane Kushma, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org ) Jane A. Kushma, Professor, Department of Emergency Management,
Jacksonville State University.
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 (email@example.com). 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
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Department of Urban Design and Planning,
Co-Director, Institute for Hazard Mitigation and Planning,
College of Built Environments, University of Washington.