City Evacuations: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • John Preston
  • Jane M Binner
  • Layla Branicki
  • Tobias Galla
  • Nick Jones
  • James King
  • Magdalini Kolokitha
  • Michalis Smyrnakis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. James King, Nick Jones
    Pages 39-62
  3. Michalis Smyrnakis, Tobias Galla
    Pages 89-106
  4. Vincent A. Schmidt, Jane M Binner
    Pages 107-116

About this book


Evacuating a city is a complex problem that involves issues of governance, preparedness education, warning, information sharing, population dynamics, resilience and recovery. As natural and anthropogenic threats to cities grow, it is an increasingly pressing problem for policy makers and practitioners.


The book is the result of a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in the physical and social sciences to consider how an interdisciplinary approach can help plan for large scale evacuations.  It draws on perspectives from physics, mathematics, organisation theory, economics, sociology and education.  Importantly it goes beyond disciplinary boundaries and considers how interdisciplinary methods are necessary to approach a complex problem involving human actors and increasingly complex communications and transportation infrastructures.


Using real world case studies and modelling the book considers new approaches to evacuation dynamics.  It addresses questions of complexity, not only in terms of theory, but examining the latest challenges for cities and emergency responders.  Factors such as social media, information quality and visualisation techniques are examined to consider the ‘new’ dynamics of warning and informing, evacuation and recovery.


City Evacuations Evacuation Dynamics Geo-Tagging Spatial Agent-Based Modelling

Editors and affiliations

  • John Preston
    • 1
  • Jane M Binner
    • 2
  • Layla Branicki
    • 3
  • Tobias Galla
    • 4
  • Nick Jones
    • 5
  • James King
    • 6
  • Magdalini Kolokitha
    • 7
  • Michalis Smyrnakis
    • 8
  1. 1.Cass School of EducationUniversity of East LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Sheffield Management SchoolUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Marketing & Strategic Management GroupUniversity of Warwick, Warwick Business SchoolCoventryUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.School of Physics and AstronomyThe University of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Department of MathematicsImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  6. 6.Department of MathematicsImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  7. 7.Department of Educational Foundations & Policy StudiesUniversity of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  8. 8.School of Physics and AstronomyThe University of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-43876-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-43877-0
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