Putting Flood Risk on the Map: Fieldwork Reflections from the Philippines

This blog post comes from three of our undergraduate honours students, Benjamin Bannon (top left), Luke Calo (top right), and Lay Shien See (bottom left), who are researching flood risk reduction in the Philippines. Carigara is a municipality located in the province of Leyte in the Philippines, home to a population of more than 50,000.…
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Opening the Door to Safe and Sustainable Housing Reconstruction

This blog post comes from three of our undergraduate honours students, Vivien Tran (top left), Lucy Woodley (top right), and Janice Wu (bottom left), who are researching household determinants of safer and more sustainable post-disaster housing after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. When a disaster occurs, what is the typical response? Sadness, sympathy, compassion? Social media?…
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What’s in a Message? Unpacking Post-Disaster Housing Guidance

This blog post comes from one of our masters students, Zhenwen (Fiona) Wang, who is researching key messages to help households build back safer after disasters in the Philippines. Rising population and urbanization continue to be two main drivers of disaster risk. In the last five decades the number of disasters has more than quadrupled…
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Reflections as a Summer Research Scholar

This blog post comes from one of our undergraduate Summer Scholars, Emann-Ray Arago, who recently completed a 10 week project looking to improve the quality of key messages to help households build back safer after disasters in the Philippines. My interest in humanitarian engineering, combined with my aspiration to pursue postgraduate research, became my main…
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The Landscape of Hazard and Disaster Journals

As many researchers find, navigating the mass of academic journals can be overwhelming. The field of hazard and disaster research is particularly challenging given its inherently inter-disciplinary nature. I set out to compile a list of relevant hazard and disaster journals, as well as metrics that might characterize their relative importance in the field. The…
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Can We Draw a Line Between Humanitarian and Development Work?

Humanitarian workers have been busy recently. Conflicts in the Middle East and Eastern Europe continued to drive an unprecedented number of migrants and refugees seeking asylum to Europe. Conflicts in Africa, such as the ongoing civil war in South Sudan,  continue to exacerbate already dire conditions. News headlines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have been replaced with the Zika epidemic…
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