International Conference on Building Resilience 2011
Special Features

Special Issue of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for inclusion in a special issue of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. Papers will be short-listed on the recommendation of the International Scientific Committee. The Journal's Editors will then be invited to select invitees for the Special Issue. Further details will be announced at the Conference.

Research Papers, Practice Notes & Case Studies

In addition to welcoming the more traditional research paper, the International Conference on Building Resilience also invites the submission of abstracts for practice notes and case studies, particularly from Policy Makers and Practitioners who operate in related fields.

Authors of accepted practice notes and case studies will be invited to present the detail of their abstracts at the Conference and have their abstracts published in the ISBN Conference Book of Abstracts.

Authors who have their research paper abstracts accepted will be invited to submit a full research paper that will be subjected to double blind peer review. Accepted papers will be presented at the Conference and published in the ISBN Conference Proceedings.

Best Paper Award

The International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment is pleased to sponsor a best paper award for the Conference.

BELLCURVE - Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education special session

A BELLCURVE workshop will be conducted as part of the International Conference on Building Resilience. The workshop will be used to discuss the BELLCURVE concept, project findings and in gathering data to validate the BELLCURVE framework, including the incorporation of disaster related skills. In addition, there will also be the presentation of papers on BELLCURVE, which focus on disaster management education and lifelong learning, and the contribution of BELLCURVE to increasing disaster management capabilities within the EU.

ARCOM Doctoral Workshop on "Building Resilience & Project Management"

In association with the School of the Built and Natural Environment at Northumbria University and the Association of Researcher in Construction Management (ARCOM).

We are pleased to announce the first ARCOM doctoral research workshop to be held in Sri Lanka. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the Centre for Disaster Resilience, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK and RMIT University, Australia at the International Conference on Building Resilience in Kandalama, Sri Lanka to be held from 20 – 22 July 2011.

The focus for this research workshop is on building resilience approaches in disaster management and sustainable construction applications and processes. Over the last ten years, there has been a great deal of interest in the study of building resilience and disaster management. Recent natural and human disasters all over the world have highlighted the vulnerability of the built environment. Scholars have long been concerned with the destructive nature of these disasters in the built environment, and understanding how buildings and infrastructure facilities can be enhanced to mitigate the natural and human disasters. Others have also examined the capacity of human and physical systems to respond to these extreme disasters. More recently, there is a growing interest in developing a more nuanced explanation of building resilience in the built environment, by challenging conventional norms in the recognition of what constitutes building resilience. Additionally, the interest for building resilience and its importance for enhancing sustainable development is also growing.


Therefore, this workshop seeks to bring together doctoral researchers working on projects associated with building resilience and sustainability that supports built environment development to debate on contemporary developments in this area. The workshop will provide an opportunity to ignite fresh theoretical and empirical insights in order to advance what is a fragmented field of study. We welcome contributions made by PhD students into the concepts of building resilience, sustainability development, and associated aspects of resilience and sustainability etc. We also encourage participation by researchers engaging in social science approaches of studying resilience as well as those exploring more fundamental issues such as inter-organisational and project-based contexts of building resilience in construction. Potential research questions that might be useful for discussion at the workshop include: What are the opportunities and challenges associated with building resilience in the built environment, especially during the current financial climate? And how are these shaping working practices in the built environment, in the present and the future? Sustainability has become a new frontier for the 21st century. However, what are the consequences of building resilience in the sustainable agenda? What methodological problems arise when studying building resilience in the built environment? How can the research community contribute to methodological developments in this field of study?

The themes of the doctoral workshop will adopt the conference themes as detailed here.

Those that have attended and participated in these workshops in the past will testify to the benefits that they can provide research students at all stages of their doctoral studies. For those who haven't attended any of the workshops before, they have three aims: they give the opportunity for students writing PhD theses to present papers and thus benefit from feedback on theoretical and methodological issues raised by their work; they give all delegates an insight into current research; and they provide a chance to meet other researchers working in similar fields. In achieving these aims, they also help ARCOM to strengthen its contribution to the research community. All construction management PhD students are welcome to attend, as are PhD students from other disciplines who work empirically with the construction industry. The usual format is for five to ten researchers at various stages of their PhD studies to present an outline of their work for about 15 minutes each, with 10 to 15 minutes of discussion for each speaker. We will also be inviting a panel of academic and industrial experts to engage in a plenary debate session at the end of the workshop to discuss the future of research into building resilience.

The workshop will be conducted alongside the main conference (20th - 21st July). There is no charge for attending the workshop as delegates will be expected to have registered for the main conference. Places for these workshops usually run out quickly. If you are interested in either making a presentation, or nominating a PhD student to make a presentation, please contact: Dr Chika E. Udeaja (email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Professor Srinath Perera (email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Important dates:

Submission of short abstracts (approximately 500 words): 15th February 2011

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 20th February 2011

Submission of short paper (no more than 6 pages): 20th March 2011

Publication of a book of selected papers presented at the conference

The authors of selected conference papers will be invited to contribute to a book published by a major International publisher. Further details will be announced in due course. 

Publication of a policy briefing document

The authors of selected conference papers will be invited to contribute to a policy briefing document, aimed at communicating the results presented by researchers at the Conference to relevent stakeholders. The conference organisers have engaged the support of relevent government bodies and professional organisations who will help scope and refine the briefing document. Further information will be announced in due course.