disaster recovery

Following disasters, the pressure to urgently address complex, difficult decisions can result in reactive policies that may increase long-term vulnerability of affected populations. Post-disaster policies aimed at sustainable re-development should be informed by an analysis of the components of vulnerability that comprise a system and how these can be most effectively influenced during the short-term and long-term phases of rebuilding.

We have over 10 years of experience of monitoring, evaluating and advising on recovery after major disasters. We have carried out field studies on different aspects of disaster recovery and published extensively following detailed investigations in many disaster events, including: 1999 Chi Chi (Taiwan) earthquake, 2004 Bam earthquake (Iran), 2004 Asian Tsunami (Sri Lanka), 2005 Hurricane Katrina (USA), 2005 Pakistan earthquake, 2011 Tohoku earthquake (Japan), 2011 Van earthquake (Turkey), 2013 floods in Central Europe, 2015 Nepal earthquake and the recent 2016 Ecuador earthquake.

We have expertise in the following disaster recovery areas:

  • loss and damage assessments
  • vulnerability, capacity and needs assessments
  • shelter and housing needs assessments
  • crisis communication strategies
  • reconstruction planning
  • school safety and reconstruction planning
  • tourism impact and recovery


We analyzed the shelter response following the earthquake on 22 April 2015 which displaced 2.3 million people.
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An interdisciplinary team of researchers examined the key issues in the recovery process in the disaster information communication chain in Nepal.
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