Call for papers: Community Resilience in Crises



Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments


Special issue: Community Resilience in Crises: Technology and Social Media Enablers


Guest Editors: Marita Vos (Finland) and Helen Sullivan (USA)


Crises take a variety of shapes and forms—natural or health disasters, terroristic and criminal acts, technology malfunctions, human error, and large-scale accidents—at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Crisis management plans, created and implemented at the organizational level, typically involve public service and institutional authorities overseeing emergency responses. However, more and more, contemporary crises require empowered citizen responders to deal with quickly evolving events. This special issue focuses on enabling citizens and their resilience in community crises.

The cooperation and resilience of citizens is essential in all phases of crisis management. Our view of enablers of human resilience embodies not strictly devices, but technology and social media in conjunction with communication policies that build trust and facilitate beneficial responses and citizen self-efficacy. An informed and well-prepared citizen is more likely to act and support neighborhood responders. Tools for enabling citizens include, but are not limited to, social media and mobile applications.

This special issue will investigate and propose recommendations and future directions for research in the multifaceted vision of community resilience and citizen enablers. In addition to research papers from the Public Empowerment Policies for Crisis Management (PEP) project, funded by the FP7-EU, we invite researchers from around the world to submit quality papers exploring technology and social media enablers for developing and supporting community resilience in crises.


Topics considered for inclusion include
• The community approach that involves local citizens
• Social media in crisis management
• Cultural and generational constraints to technology and social media application
• Perspectives on inclusion in social media use
• Usability issues in mobile technology, particularly in crisis situation
• Cultural implication on community resilience
• Public sector and/or authorities’ readiness and capabilities to employ mobile technologies and social media in crises.

All papers submitted will be evaluated for suitability within the scope of the special issue and readiness for peer review. Human Technology emphasizes the human component in human–technology interaction; therefore, better papers will highlight the implication and benefits for humans and society.

Important dates:

This call is open from January – August, 2013
Papers undergo double-blind review October-December 2013
Final papers are due no later than June 1,2014, with acceptance by August 2014
Publication in autumn 2014


Style and authorship guidelines:
Human Technology accepts articles following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed.). Author guidelines are available at .


Queries and papers can be sent to by email: Marita Vos ( or Jenni Hyvärinen (, or the Human Technology’s managing editor, Barbara Crawford (