Arjen Boin shares insights during conference in Japan

Last week, Arjen Boin attended the second conference of the International Network of Disaster Studies in Morioka, Japan. He shared his insights on the Transboundary Crisis: crisis which will be hard to manage in the near future, due to the complexity of our systems and agreements, quick escaltaion phases and the absence of clear (policy)domains in which the crisis unfolds.

Arjen Boin in Japan

The conference theme was Landscape-Scale Disasters, Emergency Response, and Regional Recovery. Arjen learned more about the resilience of local communities at the coast during the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster.


First ZONeSEC pilot demonstration coordinated by Crisisplan

Crisisplan coordinated the first pilot demonstration of ZONeSEC, an FP7 project dedicated to developing an integrative and affordable solution for the surveillance of large critical infrastructures. The ZONeSEC team recently deployed the developed system at Acciona (highway operator in Spain) and demonstrated different technologies for detecting and localizing illicit patterns of activity. Check out the pilot video below!

Crisisplan organized a discussion on future Dutch crisis management

On Wednesday April 3rd, Crisisplan organized an interactive event regarding the future of Dutch crisis management. Over 50 crisis professionals, all experts in their fields of expertise (e.g. police, safety regions, critical infrastructure), attended the event and participated in the discussion. The event was held in the headquarters of the Dutch calamity hospital.

Arjen Boin provided the kick-off by introducing the overarching theme, as published in a recent article with Werner Overdijk. In this publication, they argue that the information flow from the operation towards the strategic level is an important bottleneck during crises.

Martijn Reeser from the municipality of The Hague explained how their Security Team developed a strategic checklist together with Crisisplan. This checklist provides guidance and focus in supporting the strategic level. The checklist method helps to efficiently request operational information to facilitate strategic decision making.

The complexity of crises was discussed in a presentation by Jacco Rodermond from the Safety Region Drenthe. Also, the distinction between a crisis and a disaster was elaborated on.

During the discussion with the participants, it became apparent that the current role of the information manager isn’t clearly defined and future-proof. Participants stated that a common approach to manage crises is still unavailable in the Netherlands. The day ended with a tour through the calamity hospital.

This special event provides food for thought about future crisis management. Crisisplan and the participating professionals gladly continue this discussion.

International Network of Disaster Studies organises conference in Japan

From July 17-19 the International Network of Disaster Studies will have its second conference. The theme will be Landscape-Scale Disasters, Emergency Response, and Regional Recovery. Iwate University, has generously committed to host this conference from July 17-19, 2018, in its home city of Morioka, Japan. Morioka is located about two hours north of Tokyo by high-speed train connection.

The International Network of Disaster Studies is not a formal organization but simply a loose association of university faculty and other senior researchers who get together to exchange ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest. At the initial conference in Haikou, China, in January 2017, participants came from more than a dozen countries.

During the conference, there will be multiple topical panels with papers, presentations, and discussion, as well as ample opportunity for informal dialogue among participants outside of the formal program.

For more information and registration, see

Paper or presentation proposals may be submitted at (deadline: March 19, 2018).

Crisisplan supports groundbreaking NATO initiative in Jordan

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) launched a Defence Capacity Building Project on “Enhancing Jordan’s capacity for Crisis Management, Continuity of Government and Exercises” on Monday 19 February 2018. The three-year project will assist the Jordanian National Centre for Security and Crisis Management in achieving full operational capability, and will enhance Jordan’s capacity in national resilience, continuity of government and crisis management.

As the first NATO Defence Capacity Building Program project that supports civil protection and NATO’s commitment to enhancing resilience, this project presents unique challenges and opportunities. Supporting the project is Team Dynamis, comprised of Dynamis, Inc. as the lead contractor, along with partners Crisisplan, NL and Berglind-Manning, L.C.

Werner Overdijjk supports the project on behalf of Crisisplan. To read the press release on this exciting endeavor, please click here.

Are EU institutions ready for transboundary crises?

Crisisplan participates in the TransCrisis H2020 project and on March 6, 2018, the project partners organize a conference in Brussels.

Crisis management has become a central theme in debates about reinvigorating the European Union. However, what is the readiness of EU institutions to deal with crisis? What lessons can be learnt from experiences of crisis management inside the European Union and externally? What capacities should the European Union have and how can it prepare for effective crisis management?


This half-day conference focuses on the challenges of transboundary crises to the EU. Discussions will focus on both internal and external dimensions of EU crisis management, highlighting in particular the importance of organisational capacities among EU institutions, member states and non-state actors.

For more info:


Introducing the CrisisHub: A revolutionary software platform for strategic crisis management

We proudly present our new software platform: The CrisisHub

Building on the insights of practitioners, we created a platform that is uniquely tailored to serve the strategic level in public and private organizations.

The CrisisHub helps to create situation reports for the strategic level. It offers checklists for strategic decision-making. And it contains crisis simulations for training strategic support teams.

For more information:

New Tool: Surveying Transboundary Crisis Management Capacities

The rise of transboundary crises appears inevitable. This type of crisis poses new and hard challenges to organizations and networks.

How to assess whether your organization is ready?

The answer is found in this blog by Arjen Boin, Lavinia Cadar and Maureen Weller:


R&D for Search and Rescue (The INACHUS Project)





Crisisplan participates in a number of EU-funded Security and Innovation projects. INACHUS, a H2020 project dedicated to helping Urban Search and Rescue workers, recently held a pilot demonstration in Lyon, France. We collapsed an old factory building and used the rubble pile to demonstrate the project’s wide area surveillance tools (drones, laser scanners, cameras) and to show the accuracy of the INACHUS building collapse modeling software.

Read about it in the attached newsletter!

An overview of academic literature on crisis leadership

In this article, Cristine de Clercy and Peter Ferguson nicely summarize and discuss the research literature on crisis leadership.



Leadership in Precarious Contexts: Studying Political Leaders after the Global Financial Crisis

Cristine de Clercy * and Peter A. Ferguson

Department of Political Science, Western University, London, N6A 5C2, Canada; E-Mails: (C.d.C.), (P.A.F.)


A series of crises and traumatic events, such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2008 global financial crisis, seem to have influenced

the environment within which modern political leaders act. We explore the scholarly literature on political leadership

and crisis since 2008 to evaluate what sorts of questions are being engaged, and identify some new lines of inquiry.

We find several scholars are contributing much insight from the perspective of leadership and crisis

management. Several analysts are investigating the politics of crisis from a decentralist perspective, focusing on local

leadership in response to challenging events. As well, studying how citizens interpret, respond to, or resist leaders’ signals

is a developing area of inquiry. While our study reveals some debate about the nature of crisis, and whether the

context has changed significantly, most of the scholarship reviewed here holds modern politicians face large challenges

in exercising leadership within precarious contexts.


Read it here.