The Amsterdam Research on Emergency Administration (AREA) group conducts research on disaster and crisis management. It is based at the Department of Organization Science (Faculty of Social Sciences) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Originally founded during a research project on Emergency Response Centers in the Netherlands, AREA researchers are currently investigating crisis situations in all parts of the globe.


In the spotlight

The Smart Disaster Governance team presents a white paper about the Nepal Earthquake relief operation. The white paper can be downloaded here.

On Saturday the 25th of April 2015, Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. This event was followed a mere 17 days later by another major earthquake, which came in as 7.3 on the scale. The white paper is based on field research in Kathmandu, Nuwakot and Rasuwa, four weeks after the second earthquake struck. It is part of the research embedded in the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) funded project Enhancing Smart Disaster Governance, conducted by VU University Amsterdam in close collaboration with, among others, Cordaid and Oxfam-Novib.