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International Conference 2012 (in cooperation with ATLAS)

Dealing with Disasters
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28th - 30st November 2012
Mobilities and Disasters - Developing a Mobilities Social Science Perspective on the Analysis of Disaster


Unfortunately this meeting has been cancelled!!!



Following successful conferences on responses to Disaster Management since 2006, the Centre for Research into the Experience Economy (CREE) at the University of Sunderland in conjunction with Northumbria University’s Disaster and Development Centre (DDC), the University of Glamorgan and the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Sri Lanka invite papers for the next conference in this series. The theme for the conference is Developing a Mobilities Social Science Perspective on the Analysis of Disaster Events.

The Mobilities social science paradigm examines both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public and private spaces, and the travel of material things in everyday life. Recent developments in transportation and communications infrastructures, along with new social and cultural practices of mobility, present new challenges for the coordination and governance of mobilities and for the protection of mobility rights and access. This has elicited many new research methods and theories relevant for understanding the connections between diverse mobilities and immobilities (Hannam, Sheller & Urry, 2006).

The conference is directly relevant to a range of stakeholders, such as charities, non government organisations and others involved in responding to disasters as well as academic researchers. By bringing together delegates from this broad spectrum of organisations research and practice can be informed by real life experience and sharing cutting edge ideas for dealing with disasters and analysing disasters from a mobilities perspective.

The conference is to be hosted by the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28th - 30th November inclusive.


Conference themes

Possible topics include:

  1. Environmental disasters and ensuing refugee issues
  2. Industrial disasters and the implications for transport planning
  3. Conflict as disaster and the mobility implications
  4. Relationship between disasters, travel and tourism and ensuing mobilities
  5. Globalisation, displacement and adaptation
  6. Disaster communication and mobility
  7. Securitisation and mobility

The official language of the meeting is English. All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by at least two members of the Scientific Committee. Acceptance of a submission will be based on theoretical and empirical significance, methodological soundness, technical competency, and logical clarity.


Abstract submission

Abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS and should include author's name, institution, contact address/e-mail and title. Abstracts (approximately 500 words) should indicate background, theoretical/ practical implications, methods and/or data sources, and indicative findings of the paper. Use this form.


Important dates

Abstract submission : September 1th, 2012
Notification of acceptance : September 15th, 2012


Publication details

Routledge and Emerald Publishers have expressed an interest in this event and we expect to develop a journal special issue and/or a book from the proceedings.


Scientific committee

  • Dr Andrew Collins, Northumbria University, UK
  • Dr Cody Morris Paris, Middlesex University, Dubai
  • Professor David Alexander, Global Risk Forum (GRF) and UCL, UK (from 1st October)
  • Professor Norio Okada, University of Kumamoto, Japan
  • Professor Srinath Perera, University of Northumbria, UK
  • Dr. Janaka Jayawickrama, University of Northumbria, UK
  • Dr Cody Morris Paris, Middlesex University, Dubai
  • Professor Julie Mennell, University of Sunderland, UK
  • Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, University of Salford, UK
  • Professor Brian Hobbs, University of Glamorgan, UK
  • Dr Travis Perera, PIM, Sri Lanka
  • Salvano Briceno, IDRC
  • Professor Uditha Liyanage, PIM, (Co-Chair)
  • Professor Andrew Collins, Univeristy of Northumbria, UK (Co-Chair)
  • Professor Kevin Hannam, University of Johannesburg, South Africa (Co-Chair)



Conference packages

Packages: ATLAS members Non-Members
Full package € 300 € 350
Students € 200 € 250


Cancellation policy

As soon as ATLAS has confirmed your registration, you are obliged to pay the conference fee. If written cancellation is received on or before October 1st, 2012, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 50.

No refund will be possible after October 1st, 2012, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Conference organisers

The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure. ATLAS was designated a "European Thematic Network" for the tourism and leisure subject areas by the European Commission in 1996. ATLAS provides a forum to promote staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum and professional development. ATLAS currently has almost 300 member institutions in 66 countries. ATLAS has active chapters in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa, and a new chapter ATLAS Americas is being developed at the moment. The ATLAS homepage can be visited via

ATLAS conference secretariat
Travit - PO Box 3042
6802 DA Arnhem
The Netherlands

Tel: +31-26-4452699
Fax: +31-26-4452932

For initial further information please contact Professor Kevin Hannam:


Recommended Accomodation and Travel

Hotels near to the conference location include:

The Galle Face Hotel:

The Cinnamon Grand Hotel:




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