Research Committees

RC39 Sociology of Disasters

Established in 1986


To provide a forum where academics and practitioners can share information about all aspects of disasters.

Board 2018 - 2022. Extended 2023

President William LOVEKAMP, Eastern Illinois University, USA,
Vice-President Robin COX, Royal Roads University, Canada,
Secretary/Treasurer Michele COMPANION, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, USA,
Newsletter Editors
Paula LORENTE, Texas A&M University, USA,
Shannon VAN ZANDT, Texas A&M University, USA,
Board Members Erna DANIELSSON, Mid Sweden University, Sweden
Victor MARCHEZINI, Brazilian Early Warning and Monitoring Center for Natural Disasters (CEMADEN), Brazil
Andrea LAMPIS, Institute of Energy and Environment, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Past President Lori PEEK, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Program Coordinators for XX ISA World Congress 2023 are:
Valerie INGHAM,


The International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters is the official journal of the Research Committee on Sociology of Disasters.


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