Re-settling for less? Decision-making in the post-disaster rebuilding process

Authors: Madeleine Parker*, UC Berkeley
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Urban and Regional Planning, Planning Geography
Keywords: Climate Adaptation, Equity, Resilience, Recovery, Housing, Post-disaster, Resettlement
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Cleveland 1, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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A wide range of decisions need to be made in the aftermath of a disaster, many involving a tension between the desire to restore what was lost and the aim of mitigating future impacts: longer-term recovery after natural disasters can serve as an opportunity to improve resiliency and equity outcomes. Decisions around how and where to rebuild occur at many scales, from top-down planning by national governments to individual decisions of homeowners. All of these decisions touch upon larger issues around the politics and ethics of climate adaptation. This paper uses a comparative survey of six cases to investigate how relocation and rebuilding decisions get made, and how they affect resident outcomes and future hazard risks. In exploring post-disaster planning, governance, and outcomes, the paper highlights substantive areas for attention in the literature and resilience plans.

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