Dynamics of Disasters

This special issue in Operations Research Forum (ORFO) is focused on disaster management and planning. Societal welfare relies on our preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters. Additionally, the increased interdependency between natural and anthropocentric disasters with the built environment further underlines the necessity for studying the dynamics of disasters. With this issue, we invite leaders in the area of disaster management from a diverse array of disciplines that use operations research techniques, optimization, computing, and data analytics to study disasters, mitigate the impact, and propose actionable policy to curb their aftermath. Of specific interest are research works that focus on the use of emerging technologies in emergency management, data-driven approaches to evaluating and predicting risk and exposure to disasters, network analytics and network optimization work on evacuation, among others. Papers included in this special issue will be presented during 2021 Dynamics of Disasters conference (DOD 2021) to be held virtually in July. This call for papers is extended to all researchers with an interest in disaster management. All papers will be rigorously refereed according to the high standards of ORFO. The OR Forum particularly invites contributions that are important for the operations research community but which do not find appropriate and durable outlets otherwise. This includes truly interdisciplinary works, insightful reports from practice, software presentations or implementation issues, reproducibility studies, expert interviews, and others.


  • Ilias S. Kotsireas

    Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada Email:

  • Anna Nagurney

    Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, USA Email:

  • Panos M. Pardalos

    Distinguished Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA Email:

  • Chrysafis Vogiatzis

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA Email:

Articles (4 in this collection)