Call for Papers -- Special Issue of Social Sciences
Friday, December 04, 2020 01:13 PM

“Disasters of the 21st Century, Knowns and Unknowns:
Casualties, Costs and Resiliency”
Guest Editor: Francis O. Adeola, Ph.D.

Social Sciences is an international, open access journal with rapid peer-review, publishing scholarly articles from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, geography, history, law, linguistics, political science, psychology, social policy, social work, sociology and so on. Social Sciences is published monthly online by MDPI. See

Disasters and catastrophes are not new to societies. They have occurred in societies since ancient times with historic tales of their tolls on human life and the economy. However, in the first two decades of the 21st century, mega disasters and catastrophes triggered by natural hazards, technological accidents, socio-political hazards, other human activities, biological hazards, and a blend of these hazards, have increased in higher frequency and magnitude causing unprecedent number of casualties in terms of deaths, injuries, and economic losses across the globe. In the latest Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, the United Nations emphasized that at no point in human history have we been confronted with such an array of both known and unknown risks, often interacting in a hyperconnected, rapidly changing globalized world. We are faced with new risks with intricate linkages such as the pandemic COVID-19. Prior projections or predictions about climate change have come to pass even much sooner than anticipated. Among the major disaster events of the 21st century are high intensity hurricanes/tropical cyclones, massive flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, fires, dam failures, industrial technological disasters, aviation disasters, and terrorism. 

They are calling for papers whose theoretical, methodological, and substantive approaches address specific aspects of catastrophe or disaster of the 21st century within a country or in comparative cross-country setting. Potential contributions to this special issue might include, but not limited to: 

Recommended/Suggested Topics 

  • Trends in the frequency, magnitude, scale, geographical spread of weather-related disaster events in the 21st century; 
  • Trends in the social and geophysical vulnerability to natural and anthropogenic disasters in the past two decades; 
  • The impacts of Natural-Technological (NATECH) or Hybrid disasters in the 21st century; 
  • Climate change-induced disasters and their effects in terms of casualties, deaths, economic and other related impacts over the past two decades; 
  • The role of social capital in disaster mitigation, coping, adaptation and recovery; 
  • The cultural, economic, social, and psychological effects of a disaster; 
  • Disaster risk communication and community’s inclination to mitigation and evacuation; 
  • Novel theories of disaster behavior including coping, adaptation, and resiliency for different types of disasters.  
  • Race, class, and gender differences in disaster encounter, losses, coping and recovery in the 21st century; 
  • Environmental injustice and social injustice as incubators of natural and unnatural disasters.  
  • The public health effects of disasters; or disaster epidemiology; 
  • Assessing the cultural, economic, demographic, and socio-psychological effects of COVID-19 pandemic; 
  • Disaster management in the 21st century. 

Submission Procedure 

Scholars, researchers, and practitioners are invited to submit original papers for this Special Issue by May 31, 2021. Submitted paper must not be under review by another journal or publication outlet. Before submission, please read the instructions for Authors available at Manuscript in MS-Word (.doc) should be submitted directly to the Guest Editor by e-mail at: [email protected] with a cover letter indicating that the work is being submitted in response to the call for papers on the Special Issue on “Disasters of the 21st Century, Knowns and Unknowns: Casualties,  Costs and Resiliency.”  Manuscript selection process will follow the standard double-blind peer review procedure. Author(s) will be notified of the final decision on each manuscript. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Social Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI. 

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). However, publication charges will be waived for the first 5 manuscripts received before the due date and recommended by peer reviewers.  Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.