EJSR Special Issue 2022: Governance of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Europe

The European Journal for Security Research is organizing a special issue on COVID-19, with guest editors Prof. Dr. Rahel Schomaker and Prof. Dr. Stefan Braum.


Have a look at the Call for Papers here .

Principled or pragmatic? The two approaches leaders can take during a drawn-out crisis

Political leaders can adopt two broad approaches in managing a protracted crisis like COVID-19. Some, like Boris Johnson, opt for a principled approach; others, like the Dutch government, take a pragmatic one.


The choice is not simple, say Arjen Boin (Leiden University) and Martin Lodge (LSE), and the best policy may be to combine elements of both. Read more here.

Crisisplan: Proud partner of the INTREPID project

Crisisplan is a proud partner in a very ambitious project:

INTREPID: Intelligent Toolkit for Reconnaissance and assessmEnt in Perilous InciDents. 

INTREPID is an EU-funded project that aims to help first responders with the challenges they face when they arrive at complex and dangerous disaster zones. To further discover how INTREPID aims to provide first responders with a platform that will improve the 3D exploration and analysis of disaster areas, check out this video.


For more information, visit the website and follow the project’s updates on LinkedIn.

Announcing the crisis conference “After the Deluge” for this fall

Collecting the lessons learned for the management of creeping crises

New book (free access): Governing the Pandemic

The book Governing the Pandemic (authored by Arjen Boin, Allan McConnell and Paul ‘t Hart) analyzes how different countries handled the COVID-19 crisis. The authors formulate lessons for resilient response systems.

New book (free access): “Understanding the creeping crisis”

A new book on an intriguing phenomenon: the Creeping Crisis (with various case studies)

Call for Abstracts: PUPOL International Conference

We would like to invite you to the fifth PUPOL International Conference: ‘Leadership in Progress: New Avenues in Studying and Developing Public and Political Leadership‘ 16-17 April 2020 in The Hague.

Creeping Toward Crisis

Policymakers are often surprised by the sudden emergence of a crisis. In hindsight, it is then discovered that signals of the impending crises had been long present. They could have seen it coming, or so the idea goes. Where and how do these creeping crises develop? Can they be detected?

New Book: Civil Protection Cooperation in the European Union

Based on unique survey data and interviews in nineteen EU member states, this exciting new book by Sten Widmalm, Charles Parker & Thomas Persson explores the challenges the EU and its member states face in order to achieve more effective cooperation in the quest to better protect its citizens, namely in the critical field of civil protection. It provides insights to what kind of cooperative structures exist in Europe in this issue area—in single countries, between countries, and at the EU level. It shows how trust, shared norms, cooperative networks, and administrative culture determine how well the system functions and the ability of countries to cooperate in this area. It also analyses how much cooperation within the Union can be sensibly expected and which cleavages and barriers must be overcome in the pursuit of future policy reforms.

The best book on EU civil protection!

For more information: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030028572.

The Transboundary Crisis: Why we are unprepared and the road ahead

Modern society is increasingly facing a transboundary threat environment. More and more crises emerge from faraway domains. This development challenges the pillars on which modern response systems rest. In this new article, Arjen Boin explores the challenges and explains why we are not ready to deal with these transboundary crises. The article concludes with a research agenda.

The article is free to download through Wiley.