School of Business and Economics


Lili Yang

Dr Lili Yang

Dr Yang heads up the EM-RIG and holds research events throughout the year on emergency and crisis management

Emergency Management Research Interest Group (EM-RIG)

Leader: Dr Lili Yang, Reader in Information Systems and Emergency Management

Dr Yang was invited to write an article in The Conversation about emergency management. Read the article here

Emergency management (EM) is an interdisciplinary area within the broader context of management. Skills and techniques, systems and models are required to identify, assess, understand and cope with a serious situation. By undertaking multidisciplinary applied research, our Research Interest Group on Emergency Management aims to the understand the impacts of natural and man-made disasters on society, improve emergency management, and enhance preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation from various emergency events.

The area is of increasing importance, because of the increase in disasters, because of the increasing number of threats to high-profile events, e.g., the Olympics. Such emergency management included the preparation for and aftermath of natural disasters, such as fire, floods, pandemics, hurricanes and earthquakes, through to ‘man-made’ crises and emergencies such as the preparation for and aftermath of terrorist atrocities.

Our work combines innovative research into advanced technology for public sectors with technological and societal responses to emergency management, build resilient society and make business continuing. For us it specifically deals with the processes used to help protect society, organisations and individuals from the consequences of natural and man-made emergency situations and disasters through the development and application of cutting edge technologies.

EM-RIG is interlinked with the Simulation Practice RIG in the School, particularly in our interdisciplinary focus on modelling and simulation for crisis management.

Core members:

Associate members:

  • Ran Bhamra – Senior Lecturer
  • Lee Bosher – Senior Lecturer 
  • Dapeng Yu – Senior Lecturer 
  • Prof Bartel de van Walle – School of Business and Economics at Tilburg University, Netherlands 
  • Prof Roxanne Hiltz – New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA 
  • Raj Prasanna – Massey University, University of New Zealand
  • Prof Murray Turoff – New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA



Yang, L, Yang, SH, Plotnick, L (2013) How the internet of things technology enhances emergency response operations, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(9), pp.1854-1867, ISSN: 0040-1625. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2012.07.011.

Prasanna, R, Yang, L, King, M (2013) Guidance for developing human-computer interfaces for supporting fire emergency response, Risk Management, 15(3), pp.155-179, ISSN: 1460-3799. DOI: 10.1057/rm.2013.3.

Shams, S. Russo, N. and Fitzgerald, G. (2013) A Tale Of Two Agile Implementations: A Cross-Case Exploratory Analysis, UKAIS (UK Academy for Information Systems) 2013, Worcester College, Oxford, April 2013, Conference Proceedings.

Yang, L, Su, G, Yuan, H (2012) Design principles of integrated information platform for emergency responses: The case of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Information Systems Research, 23(3 PART 1), pp.761-786, ISSN: 1047-7047. DOI: 10.1287/isre.1110.0387.

Yang, Y, Yang, S-H, May, A, Yang, L (2012) Opportunities for WSN for facilitating fire emergency response, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, 143 LNEE(VOL. 1), pp.479-486, ISSN: 1876-1100. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-27323-0_60.

Yang, Y, May, A, Yang, L, Yang, S-H (2012) Opportunities for WSN for facilitating fire emergency response, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, 143 LNEE(VOL. 1), pp.479-486, ISSN: 1876-1100. 

Ajayi, AI, Yang, L, King, M (2012) Global emergency management system framework, ICAC 12 - Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Automation and Computing: Integration of Design and Engineering, pp.8-13.

Panagiotopoulos, P., Al-Debei, M. M., Fitzgerald, G. and Elliman, T. (2012) A Business Model Perspective for ICTs in Public Engagement, Government Information Quarterly, 29(2), pp. 192-202.

Yang, H, Yang, L, Yang, S (2011) Hybrid ZigBee RFID sensor network for humanitarian logistics centre management, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, 34(3), pp.938-948, ISSN: 1084-8045. Full text: DOI: 10.1016/j.jnca.2010.04.017.

Panagiotopoulos, P., Elliman, T. and Fitzgerald, G. (2011) How can public sector ICT transformation be institutionally enabled? A UK local government study, European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Helsinki, Finland.

He, W, Yang, S, Yang, L (2010) Real-time Data Mining Methodology and Emergency Knowledge Discovery in Wireless Sensor Network. In Annual postgraduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting (PG NET 2010), Proceedings of the 11th Annual postgraduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting (PG NET 2010), Liverpool, UK, pp.20-24.

Setiawan, E, Liu, J, French, AP (2009) A Location-Allocation Model for Relief Distribution and Victim Evacuation. In Proceedings of the third International Seminar on Industrial Engineering and Management (ISIEM2009), Bali, Indonesia, pp.A71-A76.


Research Funding:

02/2014 – 02/2017: 2.5 million euros, Integrated Support System for Efficient Water Usage and Resource Management (ISS-EWATUS), from European Commission.

07/2011 – 12/2012: £6,250, collaborating with Tsinghua University, China on emergency management, from Marco Polo Exchange Scholarship Programme.

15/2010-12/2010: £4,000, Information Systems for RESponding to Crises and Unexpected Events (System4Rescue) for international travel grant for collaboration with the USA, from Royal Society.

12/2009-11/2012: around £50,000 as the principal investigator, Fire ground decision making (a PhD studentship), Loughborough University Development Fund.


Seminars Given and academic involvement

US experts in emergency management discuss new research at EM-RIG seminar. Read the PR here

A scientific Program committee member (Lili) for the International Conference of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2013), Barden Barden, Germany, 2013

A Keynote speaker (Lili), ‘Requirements capturing, information sharing and presentation for emergency systems’, the ISCRAM – Asia conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and management, Beijing, China, October 2012.

A Keynote speaker (Lili), ‘Emergency response information systems design and development’, the Fifth ISCRAM –China conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and management, Harbin, China, November 2011.

A keynote speaker (Lili), ‘Information systems to support on-site emergency response operations’, the International Emergency Management and Engineering Society (TIEMS) annual conference, Bucharest, Romania, June 2011. 

A member (Lili) of the  ISCRAM Society Member Committee from 2010 to now

Giving a seminar (Lili)  in the Henley Business School, Reading University, ‘Information Systems and Risk Management’, January 2012

Giving a seminar (Lili) in the Institute of Public Safety Research at Tsinghua University, ‘GDIA: a capturing emergency information requirements tool’, China, April 2012.


Impact generation

On 16th July 2013, the university has conferred an honorary degree to Prof Weicheng Fan who is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (equivalent to a Royal Society Fellow in the UK), the director of the Institute of Public Safety Research at Tsinghua University, China. The video has been published on website that generated a big impact to China.

On 17th July 2013 one day workshop on Emergency Management was held in the School of Business and Economics. It attracted many audiences from different departments cross the campus. People from Europe, other universities in the UK, practitioners and China gave presentations.

Giving a seminar in the Cabinet Office (Lili), London, for the people from Cabinet Office and Home Office, ‘Information Systems and Emergency Management’, June 2012.

Presentation from Prof Guy Fitzgerald to CISP (Council for Information Systems Professors), 2012

Giving a seminar (Lili) in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, ‘Emergency response systems and decision making’, August, 2011

Giving a seminar (Lili)  in the BAE Systems SEIC workshop, ‘Collaboration with the BAE Systems’, November, 2010

UKAIS presentation on Agile Development (Guy)

Working with Trayport (Energy trading software company) on Agile Development from Guy

Impact of IS courses on UK, plus accreditation issues (Guy)

The following are the current and recent research projects:

  • Emergency system requirement capturing
  • Emergency system development facilitated with advanced technologies
  • Emergency system interface design and development
  • Public engagement modelling
  • On site emergency resource management
  • Emergency relief and victim evacuation
  • Fire stations location allocation
  • Emerging technologies supporting response operations
  • Fire-fighters performance assessment
  • On site decision making by incident commanders
  • Emergency evacuation planning and modelling
  • Flood inundation modelling, simulation and evacuation


  1. We intend to apply for funding from the European Commission Horizon 2020 with people from Europe or other UK funding bodies on emergency management and modelling simulation.
  2. We intend to increase the number of PhD students or academic visitors in the area from different countries.
  3. We intend to apply for funding from the Central Chinese Government in China to support our international collaborations.
  4. We are planning to organise a special issue on the emergency related topics on a quality journal.
  5. With people from PHIR, we are planning to organise at least one seminar next year.

In the near future we are going to collaborate with a wide range of people in different countries such as China, Nordic Europe, and South Asia, and get more people from the school and other departments to join in.


Dr Lili Yang, member of the Centre for Service Management, has received a large FP7 grant from European Commission on Integrated support system for efficient water usage and resources management ( The consortium consists of 10 organisations including members from Poland, Greece, Netherlands, Spain. This project aims to develop an innovative, multi-factor system capable to optimise water management and reduce water usage.

As the principal investigator in School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University and the main participant for the project, Dr Lili Yang and her team will gather and analyse data to increase the awareness of water consumption, reveal understanding of how house-holders behaviours and water providers’ strategies at city level linked to their water consumption related practice in order to make the city resilient and sustainable.