16 October 2019 - 18 October 2019
Nice, France

IDRiM Conference 2019

The 2019 IDRiM Conference will focus on the issues of “Knowledge-based Disaster Risk Management: Broadening the scope by «Smart Territories» for Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Organizations”.

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This conference brings together researchers and scientists, regulators, risk and insurance, safety and security practitioners, media and NGOs to share expertise and practices on these two challenges:

  • How to improve the common understanding of major extreme risks, man-made and natural disasters;
  • How to foster individual, organizational and territorial abilities to manage and govern known and emerging risks and resilience.

As part of the organizing committee, RISK Research Scholars Junko Mochizuki, Muneta Yokomatsu, and Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler will chair several scientific sessions. RISK program director JoAnne Linnerooth-Bayer will be giving a keynote speech on "Insurance as a Response to Loss and Damage?".

The term “Smart” relates to integrating the “knowledge society and knowledge economy, sustainable development, and social inclusion”, with complexity theory, such as the important role of interconnectivity of networks and feedback effects. How and when this connectivity becomes positive or negative is both a challenge for “hard” sciences (e.g. what are the formal methods that provide valid tools to assess the efficiency of networks, as in see graph theory) and “soft” sciences in the field of risk, resilience and disasters (e.g. participative and deliberative governance frameworks).

The denomination “Smart City” is commonly given to an urban area that incorporates information and communication technologies to enhance the quality and performance of services including energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, waste and overall costs. A Smart City could contribute to enhancing the quality of living for its citizens through smart technologies. The focus is on physical networks connectivity.

A territory is an organization that includes a set of sub-component organizations. These organizations can be regions, cities, villages, hamlets… They can be companies, physical or legal entities, and visible or invisible (e.g. social networks). To understand how a territory can be “Smart”, we have to look both at the whole territorial organization and the interaction between these organizations at the broader level.

About IDRiM

The IDRiM (Integrated Disaster Risk Management) Society and its Journal (IDRiM Journal) were officially launched on October 15, 2009 in Kyoto, Japan, at the 9th IIASA-DPRI Forum on Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Forum). The move to set up the IDRiM Society was based on the success of a series of nine Forums (the IIASA-DPRI Forums) on Integrated Disaster Risk Management organized by the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) of Kyoto University and IIASA.

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Last edited: 23 September 2019


Muneta Yokomatsu

Senior Research Scholar Equity and Justice Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler

Senior Research Scholar Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

Junko Mochizuki

Research Scholar Water Security Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program


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