Energy Resources, Human Induced Earthquakes and Community Resilience

Building in northern Netherlands reinforced with wood beams to protect from earthquake damage.

Energy Resources, Human Induced Earthquakes and Community Resilience


Eleni Smyrou
Assoc. Prof. in Earthquake Resistant Structures, Hanze UAS

İhsan Engin Bal
Professor in Earthquake Resistant Structures, Hanze UAS

Elles Bulder
Professor in Demographic Transition and Environment, Hanze UAS



Exploitation of hydrocarbon energy resources has accelerated in the recent years, often resulting in seismic activity in populated regions. Such induced earthquakes did not only affect the built environment as expected but also introduced a significant impact on society, as the cases of Groningen (Netherlands) and Oklahoma (USA) confirm.

The legal and social complications that induced earthquakes inflicted underlined the need for an interdisciplinary workstream with versatility to deal with the challenges induced seismicity poses. The workshop aims to create a platform where experts from different disciplines who focus on different aspects of the human induced earthquakes can share their ideas, knowledge, experience. Without limited the content of the workshop, indicatively some topics to be hosted are mentioned hereinafter:

  • The engineering aspects of the problems: what is feasible and what is not?
  • What are the effects on the society and the acceleration of the population decline?
  • What is the relationship with spatial econometrics?
  • How the community resilience is shaped in case the earthquake are caused by energy companies?
  • What would be the use of social license in such circumstances?


Workshop Format
The workshop will consist of presentations from experts of different disciplines on themes such as the exploitation of energy resources, induced earthquakes triggered during such exploitation activities, the effects on built environment and on society, the community resilience to such activities and their adverse effects. A panel discussion will be organised at the end of presentations. The panel will consist of two parts: technical and social. A booklet or a book, including the summary of the panel discussions, may also be prepared after the workshop (to be discussed).


Important Dates
Deadline for submission of a tentative title and authors : 1st of September, 2018
Abstract submission deadline: 15th of September, 2018