VU University Amsterdam
Kees Boersma, PhD is Associate Professor at the VU University Amsterdam in the department of Organization Science. His research interest is in organization studies, crisis management, and safety and security. He published widely on organizational change and culture.
He is project leader of AREA, the Amsterdam Research on Emergency Administration in which he works together with practitioners on crisis management issues.
He is the coordinator of the NWO project (2014-2018) ‘Enhancing smart disaster governance: Assessing the potential of the net-centric approach’. He is an active member of ISCRAM and EGOS and member of the editorial board of Organization Studies.
Dr. Tina Comes is Associate Professor in the Department of ICT, University of Agder, Norway and Deputy Director of the Centre for Integrated Emergency Management. She studied Mathematics, literature and philosophy. After receiving her Ph.D. on distributed scenario-based decision support from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, she was head of a research group on Risk Management.
Her research aims at supporting decision-making and risk management in complex, dynamic and uncertain situations. Her research areas include scenario design, big data analyses, humanitarian disaster management and multi-criteria decisions. To cover this domain, she combines her analytic background in mathematics with knowledge in economics, decision theory and cognition.
In 2013, Dr. Comes co-founded the Disaster Resilience Lab. The DRL combines field research with rigorous scientific methodologies. She is author of various papers published in international journals and conferences. She was Chair of ISCRAM2013 and ISCRAM2015 and is Member of the Board of the ISCRAM Association.
Amanda Noonan is the Director of Research and Learning for Internews’ Center for Innovation & Learning. Over the past 20 years, Noonan has worked in media and communications research with InterMedia and the BBC World Service. As the Asia Research Director at InterMedia, Noonan championed and highlighted the importance of designing innovative and appropriate research techniques and strategies to capture maximum insight and understanding of individuals and communities activities, motivations and behaviors.
As a communication specialist, Noonan is particularly interested in studying the impacts of new technologies on the information flows throughout different communities and groups. This includes groundbreaking research and analysis word of mouth (WOM) networks as a crucial source of information and the role new technologies can play in amplifying this phenomenon. Noonan is based in Washington, DC.