Local Social Services in Times of Disasters and Crisis

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 5A G (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

The literature reveals the importance of local social services both in the aftermath of disasters and in relation to preparedness and enhancing the resilience of communities and individuals. Local social services refers to the services that the municipalities are responsible for, usually social assistance and various services, and often including care services. 
Despite the importance of such services before, during and after disasters there has been limited research on how social services relate to the system of disaster preparedness/civil defence systems and to what extent special Disaster Social Services Response Plans are been implemented within social services.
Thus the session welcomes papers that address how local social services are organized and implemented during times of disasters, how social services enhance resilience, planning and preparedness as well as long-term recovery both among individuals and the community.
Session Organizers:
Carin BJORNGREN-CUADRA, University of Lund Sweden, Sweden and Gudny EYDAL, University of Iceland, Iceland
Will the Twain Ever Meet? the Experience of the Emergency Services and the Local Community Services through the Blue Mountains Fires of October 2013
Valerie INGHAM, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Sarah REDSHAW, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Local Services, Vulnerabilities and Responses in the EU Migrant Crisis in Germany
Daniel F. LORENZ, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Cordula DITTMER, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Jessica REITER, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Katja SCHULZE, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Organizing First Responders' Crisis Response: Facilitating or Limitating?
Helge RENA, Department of Administration and Organization theory, University of Bergen, Norway
Unrecognised Crisis Management – Normalizing Everyday Life
Erna DANIELSSON, Mid Sweden University, Sweden
Social Services in Five Nordic Countries in Times of Disaster
Gudny EYDAL, Iceland University, Iceland; Carin BJORNGREN CUADRA, Malmö University, Sweden; Rasmus DAHLBERG, DEMA and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Bjorn HVINDEN, NOVA, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway; Ingibjorg Lilja OMARSDOTTIR, University of Iceland, Iceland; Merja RAPELI, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland; Tapio SALONEN, Malmö University, Sweden