Building Resilience: Post-Disaster Recovery in International Perspective
Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
This conference focuses on the advances and discoveries made in the social and physical sciences in the field of resilience, post-crisis rehabilitation, and rebuilding. Through individual presentations made by top scholars from around the world, combined with moderated panels and question and answer sessions, this event will both diffuse new discoveries on the topic and bring togeter experts to network and build research synergies.
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If you are staying on campus for the evening, please consider attending "Leadership in Crisis: Lessons from Katrina and Haiti" with Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
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About the Speakers
Frederick Weil is associate professor of sociology at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His professional fields of interest are community sociology, political sociology, social survey research, and social theory. His current research focuses on community recovery from Hurricane Katrina; he has previously done research on popular support for democracy in Germany after Hitler and after reunification; on antisemitism in the U.S. and Europe; on civic engagement and political participation (“social capital”); and on the history of social thought. Weil received his AB and PhD degrees from Harvard and was Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago.
Rieko Kage is an associate professor of political science at the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, University of Tokyo. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University, in 2005. Her research interests lie in civil society, the social effects of war, and disaster recovery. Kage’s book, Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
Yasuyuki Sawada is an associate professor in Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo. He is also a Faculty Fellow of Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry (RIETI) and a Visiting Researcher of the JICA Research Institute of Japan International Cooperation Agency. His research interests include econometric investigations of household and firm behavior under uncertainties using micro-data from developing and developed countries such as India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Japan. Recently, he has been investigating the impacts of natural disasters on household welfare including the Sichuan, Kobe and Chuetsu earthquakes, the Asian Tsunami disaster, Typhoon Milenyo in the Philippines & Avian Influenza in Vietnam. He completed his M.A. in Food Research and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
Daniel Aldrich is assistant professor of political science at Purdue University. His research interests include post-disaster recovery, the siting of controversial facilities, the interaction between civil society and the state, and the socialization of women and men through experience. Aldrich’s book, Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West, was published by Cornell University Press in 2008. Aldrich received his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Harvard University, an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
J. Eric Dietz is director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute and associate professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department at Purdue University. He was the founding Executive Director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, a new cabinet-level department in Indiana that included over 300 public safety employees. He reorganized Indiana’s public safety planning and response placing the responsibility for the safety and security of 6.3 million Indiana residents in one organization. Retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2004, Dietz led Army research and acquisition programs including chemical weapons detectors, command and control software and army power systems and was in the initial cadre of Uniformed Army Scientists and Engineers. Dietz earned BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.
Matthew Huber is associate professor in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University and founding member of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. His work is focused on past, present and future climate, the mechanisms that govern climate, the different forms that climates can take on Earth, and the relationship between climate change and life. Major research areas include the radiative and dynamical processes generating tropical ‘thermostats’, and polar amplification of warming, as well as the ecological and evolutionary implications of these processes and patterns. Huber received is PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his BS from the University of Chicago.
Ayhan Irfanoglu is assistant professor of civil engineering at Purdue University. His research interests focus on earthquake and blast engineering, performance-based structural engineering frameworks, modal testing and analysis, structural health-monitoring, large-scale structural analysis and simulation, and engineering seismology. Irfanoglu received his MSCHE and PhD from the California Institute of Technology and his BSCE from Middle East Technical University.
Shigeo Tatsuki is professor of sociology at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He has conducted extensive research on the 1995 Kobe earthquake and on the role of civil society in individual level recovery. Tatsuki has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications on the 1995 Kobe Earthquake and has surveyed more than 5000 survivors of that disaster for his research. As a sociologist, he has generated new methodologies for understanding individual recovery and for measuring what he calls the "life cycle of return." He received his PhD from University of Toronto.
Sudarshan Rodriguez has a multi-disciplinary background in environment sciences, environmental economics, policy, and environmental law. He has a Masters in Environment Science in addition to a Masters from the London School of Economics. His current interests are around trans-disciplinary action-research, traditional governance institutions, community sovereignty and commons (social, cultural and natural resource). As the Project Coordinator for the UNDP Post-Tsunami Environment Initiative he studies community institutions and community perceptions on conservation, resources, coastal development, state laws and tsunami rehabilitation. He travelled widely in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Andamans at various stages of the tsunami disaster relief and rehabilitation and has also served on multi –disciplinary teams for assessment and evaluation of tsunami disaster rehabilitation. Rodriguez also coordinates the sociology and marine networking initiatives of Dakshin Foundation’s Coastal and Marine Programme.
Dr. HastakDr. Hastak is Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue University. Dr. Hastak has been involved with the construction industry for the past 23 years where he has conducted research, taught, and assisted industry in the area of construction engineering and management including disaster risk reduction, infrastructure management, cost control, project management, management decision making, risk management, and strategic planning. He has extensive experience working with the Construction Industry Institute (CII) research teams and in developing decision tools for both industrial and building projects. Dr. Hastak has authored and co-authored over 100 publications including journal papers, peer-reviewed conference papers, book chapters, and several other publications. He has published a book on Infrastructure Planning Handbook: Planning, Engineering, and Economics (2006) as a co-author with Dr. Alvin S. Goodman. This book is a joint publication by McGraw-Hill and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). On several occasions, Dr. Hastak has offered invited lectures/seminars/short courses on program/project management and strategic planning for various public and private agencies. Dr. Hastak also manages the Emerging Construction Technologies (www.ect-purdue.org) website that showcases innovative technologies for the construction industry. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering and was the Chair of the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC) (2008-2010).