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8th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition Toronto, June 1-...
Thu, Jun 1, 2017, 8:00 AM – Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 5:00 PM EDT
Goals and Objectives
The main goal of i-Rec conferences is to contribute to disaster reconstruction and recovery knowledge and its applications in disaster impacted populations through inter-disciplinary research and information sharing with various stakeholders. The 2017 i-Rec conference seeks to understand how disaster recovery and reconstruction knowledge and practice can contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of displaced and refugee populations. In particular the conference seeks to push the boundaries of knowledge on recovery and reconstruction and develop new areas of inquiry that help to solve the complex problems related to forced displacement. The conference is expressly designed to bring researchers, practitioners, and policy makers together to collaborate in moving this critical issue forward, and to bring it to the attention of decision makers faced with the realities of forced displacement.
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the total number of people forcibly displaced worldwide in 2015 reached a total of 65.3 million. An estimated 12.4 million of these were newly displaced in 2015 as a result of conflict or persecution. Many of these displaced populations may never be able to go back and rebuild their houses, communities, and businesses. Therefore, it is important that recovery and reconstruction professionals, researchers, and policy makers examine how displaced populations can rebuild their life in new locations and recover from disasters that have impacted their lives, livelihoods, and communities. Therefore, the main theme of this year’s symposium, ‘Reconstruction and Recovery for Displaced Populations and Refugees’ reflects the need to better understand the multidimensionality and complexity of population displacement and the role that reconstruction and recovery knowledge and practice can play in this regard.