Confronting Disasters in an Era of Climate Change: 3rd Conference of the International Network of Disaster Studies


**UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the conference  has been postponed until further notice. Details, including new dates, will be posted here as soon as they are available.**

Conference Overview

Dates: TBD
Location: Harvard Center Shanghai
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,  the third convening of the International Network of Disaster Studies (INDS), originally scheduled to take place July 21-23, 2020 in Shanghai, China, has been postponed. We will share the new dates  on this website and through the conference email distribution list once they have been determined.

We apologize for any inconveniences the postponement of the conference may cause, but we trust that you understand the reasoning behind this decision.

We very much look forward to convening once it is again safe and feasible to do so. In the meantime, should you have any questions about our plans for the conference, please feel free to contact us at

Conference Sponsors

Harvard University (USA): Harvard China Fund, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University Asia Center, Program on Crisis Leadership.

Tsinghua University (China): Center for Crisis Management Research, School of Public Policy & Management

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China): School of International and Public Affairs

Iwate University (Japan): Research Center for Regional Disaster Management 

Conference Co-Chairs

Arnold M. Howitt, Faculty Co-Director, Program on Crisis Leadership; and Senior Advisor, Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, United States

XUE Lan, Dean, Schwarzman College, and Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China

Arjen Boin, Professor of Public Institutions and Governance, Leiden University, the Netherlands

About the International Network of Disaster Studies

Formed in January 2017, the International Network of Disaster Studies (INDS) is an association of academics and practitioners who convene regularly to exchange ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest relating to emergency management, homeland security, risk governance, humanitarian assistance, disaster recovery, and other associated topics. Previous INDS conferences took place in 2017 in Haikou, China, and in 2018 in Morioka, Japan. As the network continues to grow, we hope that our conferences will rotate among countries and continents on an annual basis.