Recovery Justice after Disasters: Displacement, Development, and Planning

Type: Panel
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Jeremy Stone, Anna Brand
Chairs: Jeremy Stone


Disasters can be acute crucibles of injustice. They usually expose the deep historical and cultural roots of injustice that have made particular communities more vulnerable to environmental and developmental hazards than others. They can also perpetuate and accelerate injustice through recoveries that privilege enclaves of power and their visions for newly reconstructed cities. Thus, pre- and post-disaster injustices are compounded by development paradigms still aligned with colonial epistemologies of space. Even when recoveries are planned with the best of intentions and through participatory processes, unintended and unforeseen consequences can result in further hardship for communities of color and low-income neighborhoods.

Recovery can be a window through which different development paradigms, both just and unjust, can be inserted. This session asks what is a just recovery? What does it look like spatially? What landscapes must be dismantled and which ones must be built in order to challenge ongoing spatial racisms? How do our recovery priorities lead to some communities benefitting while others languish or decline? We will look specifically at issues of recovery-induced gentrification, erosion of affordable housing, disparities in recovery resource access, and related problems in recovery planning and programming. We are interested in analyses that highlight both the ways that recovery injustice takes place and that imagine what more just landscapes might look like in the wake of a disaster.

We encourage papers that present case studies of recovery justice. We are interested both in exposing the different manifestations of injustice that may occur, as well as highlighting participatory planning and programming that preserves place and improves the lives of those affected. New Orleans will be a key topic of discussion, but we also encourage submission from other research locations, particularly recent disasters.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Anna Brand University of New Orleans 15
Panelist Juan Garcia-Ellin University of Puerto Rico - Ponce 15
Panelist Mimi Sheller Drexel University 15
Panelist Angeliki Paidakaki 15
Panelist Jeremy Stone University of British Columbia 15

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