October 14-15, 2023
International Hellenic University,
Thermi Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece
The Institute for the Management of Refugee Flows and Crises of the International Hellenic University (IHU) organizes an International Conference on Humanitarian Crisis Management (KRISIS 2023) in Thessaloniki, Greece on October 14-15, 2023.
The conference aims to bring together academics, professionals and practitioners working on humanitarian crisis management to present research, development, and field experience in all areas of interest.
Humanitarian crises are growing in numbers and impacts. They are highly complex and often directly and indirectly interconnected. Moreover, they are deeply rooted in social issues and affected by human factors. Disasters, wars, and conflicts among others may trigger or contribute to humanitarian crises. Furthermore, other crises, such as the global financial crisis, may become humanitarian crises. There is growing concern about the more recent humanitarian crises, such as the refugee crisis due to the war in Ukraine, the continuing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis. Climate related disasters such as floods, droughts, wildfires and extreme temperatures have severe impacts including human losses and suffering, property losses and economic impacts. Humanitarian crises and disasters severely affect all areas of the globe, yet disproportionately affect the developing countries. Managing and reducing the risks of humanitarian crises and disasters is crucial for achieving sustainable development and resilient societies. Identification and better understanding of the risks eventually leads to better risk management and reduction of humanitarian crises and disasters. Addressing the social roots of humanitarian crises contributes positively in this direction.
In the context of humanitarian crisis management, topics cover mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery phases. They include but are not limited to:
Risk Management and Reduction
Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Tools and methodologies for humanitarian crisis management based on social sciences
Sphere Standards and Refugee Site Planning and Management
Migration Flows: Trends, Challenges and Lessons Learned
Environmental and financial impacts of humanitarian crises
Sustainability of humanitarian operations
Modelling and simulation
Case studies and field experience
The conference will include regular sessions, round tables and special sessions. The conference is going to be held in English.
Dr. Maria Drakaki
Director of the IHU Institute for the Management of Refugee Flows and Crises
Professor in Humanitarian Engineering, Department of Science and Technology, University Center of International Programmes of Studies, IHU, Greece
Dr. Diego Vega
Director of the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute)
Assistant Professor, Hanken School of Economics, Finland