Complex Networks Applied to Communication Management in Emergency Crisis

  • Cristina Ruiz MartínEmail author
  • Mario Ramírez Ferrero
  • José Luis González Álvarez
  • David J. Poza
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering book series (LNMIE)


The Nuclear Emergency (NE) influence domain spreads over a large number of systems of different nature. Nuclear Emergency Plans (NEPs) are usually designed using a top-down approach, establishing a hierarchy working as a command chain. Although this provides advantages in terms of control, it might not be flexible enough to face unpredicted emergent behaviours due to complex interactions among the systems involved. Using a real case study, this work discusses the results of the communication and command chain network analysis to facilitate the assessment of key indicators to improve the NEP: resilience, adaptability and responsiveness.


Nuclear emergency Nuclear emergency plan Complex networks Communication 



Authors have been supported by Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (CONSOLIDER CSD2010-00034), Regional Government of Castilla y León (VA056A12-2), BPMSat and University of Valladolid. Special thanks to Delegación del Gobierno en Castilla y León and INSISOC’s colleagues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Ruiz Martín
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mario Ramírez Ferrero
    • 2
  • José Luis González Álvarez
    • 3
  • David J. Poza
    • 4
  1. 1.Grupo INSISOC, Dpto. de Organización de Empresas y CIM, Escuela de Ingenierías IndustrialesUniversidad de ValladolidValladolidSpain
  2. 2.Grupo INSISOCUniversidad de BurgosBurgosSpain
  3. 3.Unidad de Protección Civil y EmergenciasDelegación del Gobierno en Castilla y LeónValladolidSpain
  4. 4.INSISOC. E.I. IndustrialesUniversidad de ValladolidValladolidSpain

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