Center for Disaster Research & Education

Center for Disaster Research & Education

Call For Papers

The Global Katrina Effect: An International Research Symposium
Center for Disaster Research & Education
Millersville University of Pennsylvania, USA
October 1 – 3, 2014

August 2015 will mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, considered to be one of the defining historic events within the emergency management field in the United States.  Accordingly, this anniversary will prompt numerous reflective academic assessments of how this disaster, which struck the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts, changed the US emergency management landscape thereafter. Less known, however, is the impact that Hurricane Katrina had on disaster management systems in other countries --over a variety of subject areas ranging from emergency preparedness to coastal management to vulnerable populations to companion animals. To highlight the global lessons drawn from Hurricane Katrina, Millersville University will host an international research symposium on October 1-3, 2014 which will bring together policymakers, practitioners and academics from around the world.  This interdisciplinary gathering will take place over a three-day period during which juried scholarly papers will address how other countries modified their disaster response institutions, practices or policies after the initial American mismanagement of the Katrina crisis came to light.

Millersville University’s Center for Disaster Research and Education invites academic specialists, practitioners and policymakers to submit proposals addressing the symposium theme.   Since the goal of the symposium is to advance new ways of understanding the impact of Hurricane Katrina through a cross-national comparative examination of case studies,  proposals should adhere to the following structure: 1)  highlighting what happened during Hurricane Katrina regarding a specific subject area; 2) reviewing changes in institutions, procedures or law in the United States as a result of lessons learned from Katrina in this sector and 3) identifying how other countries adapted their emergency management systems/policies post-Katrina and whether these innovative changes might be utilized by the US and other countries.  Interdisciplinary studies are particularly encouraged.

Submissions to take part in this research symposium should include a paper proposal between 300-500 words specifically addressing the three areas noted above, along with the applicant’s curriculum vitae.  This proposal should be based on original research and not cover work the author has previously published.  The symposium’s organizers intend to invite selected symposium papers for inclusion in an edited volume entitled:  The Global Katrina Effect, 2005-2015: Hurricane Katrina’s Impact on Disaster Management Systems Worldwide.  The deadline for submission of symposium proposals is May 1, 2014.  Submissions should be sent to BOTH symposium organizers: AND

Participants will be notified of selection for the symposium by mid-June 2014.  More details concerning the format for each paper will be provided at that time.  A full copy of the accepted participant’s paper is due by September 1, 2014 and will be made available to other symposium contributors. It is the goal of the symposium organizers to provide sufficient time for each participant to present their findings to the full gathering for comment and questions.  The symposium will be a public event open to university and community members.  Emergency management practitioners will be especially welcome.

Contingent upon grant funding, hotel accommodations for the symposium participants will be covered.  All symposium meals will be covered. Information regarding funding will be provided during notification of the paper’s inclusion in the research symposium program in mid-June.

Millersville University is part of the Pennsylvania State System of  Universities and is located in Lancaster County, PA (which is serviced by both Amtrak and a regional airport).  The university offers a Master’s of Science Degree in Emergency Management (MSEM) and houses the Center for Disaster Research and Education (

Mission Statement


Provide Multi-Disciplined Education, Research, & Internship Opportunities

  • current students interested in the field of environmental hazards and emergency/disaster management

Contribute to the Education of the Next Generation

  • disaster researchers, emergency managers, and knowledgeable community members

Conduct Research

  • behavioral and organizational response to disasters and terrorism, including the media
  • risk and hazards assessment

Disseminate Research Findings

  • Previous & new research literature, in a language and format that is useful to the general public, mass media personnel, and emergency management personnel-as well as researchers

Contribute to the Communities within the Region and Nation

  • pursuant to developing disaster resilient communities (FEMA)

Internships & Co-ops


Opportunities provided to give students hands on experience in the field.

Contact Information

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Contact Numbers
Tel: (717) 872-3631
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The CDRE at Millersville University is a member of the Homeland Security Higher Education Consortium, Keystone Emergency Management Association, National Emergency Management Association, Emergency Management Higher Education Consortium and the International Association of Emergency Managers.