Thematic Clusters

The Thematic Sessions of the Congress  would be aligned with the themes of plenary sessions. Researchers, policy makers and practitioners  would present their papers in these sessions on a wide range of issues related to each of the plenary themes. Illustrative lists of these issues are suggested below; however the Congress would be open to accept original research papers and presentations on any other issue related to the themes.

  1. Researching Disasters: Themes and Perspectives

  2. Disaster research is now transiting from addressing traditional domain-specific issues to investigating cross-cutting and complex interdependence of causes and their implications. The Congress will discuss the contemporary issues regarding disaster research, as suggested below:


  3. Strengthening Governance for Effective Disaster Risk Management

  4. Risk-sensitive governance is an essential requirement for effective disaster risk management. Topics under this theme would include:


  5. Leaving No One Behind : Inclusive Disaster Management
  6. The global communities have pledged that ‘no one will be left behind’ in the collective journey of building the future we want. These inclusive agendas of development are particularly important for disaster management as the marginalized and vulnerable segments of society suffer more in disasters. The issues to be discussed under this theme would include:


  7. Resilient Health Care and Education Systems
  8. Protecting health care and education systems from the vagaries of natural and manmade hazards is extremely important for building resilience to disasters. Under this theme discussions would include the following issues:


  9. Resilient Ecology, Agriculture and Livelihoods in Changing Climates
  10. Rising temperature and uncertain rainfall are increasing the frequencies and intensities of extreme climatic events with adverse impacts on agriculture and livelihood of people, particularly in the developing countries. The issues to be discussed for building the resilience of ecology, agriculture and livelihood would include the following:


  11. Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
  12. Resilience of infrastructure is extremely important for sustainable development as damages to infrastructure account for most of the economic losses due to disasters. The topics of discussion under this theme would include:


  13. Response, Relief, Reconstruction, Recovery and Development
  14. Post-disaster response, relief, reconstruction and recovery are becoming increasingly difficult and complicated due to rising frequencies and intensities of disasters. Better preparedness for effective response and pre-disaster recovery planning can make these tasks efficient, responsive, participatory and transparent, The issues under these themes would include:   


  15. Disaster Resilient Businesses
  16. The Sendai Framework highlights the need to integrate disaster risk reduction into the management practices of every type of business to enhance their resilience to disasters.. The issues identified under this theme would include the following:


  17. Resilient Cities and Human Settlement
  18. More than half of world’s population resides in cities. Concentrations of people, assets and opportunities in the cities have tremendously enhanced risks as well as capacities to withstand the shocks of disasters. The issues to be discussed under the theme would include the following: