SCIRTing the issue of Canterbury infrastructure recovery

I just returned from a trip to Canterbury, New Zealand as part of a project between the World Bank and EERI, which I mentioned here. The objective of the project is to research how and whether recovery after the February 2011 earthquake reflects the concept of “build back better.” In interviewing stakeholders, we were focused on the three most impacted sectors: …

Is Canterbury’s Post-Earthquake Tourism Recovery Sufficiently Efficient?

In September, I’m heading to Canterbury, New Zealand as part of a joint project between the World Bank and EERI. The objective of the project is to research how and whether recovery after the February 2011 earthquake reflects the concept of “build back better.” Apparently, the World Bank is keen on developing guidelines that are relevant across different types of disasters …

San Francisco’s 1906 Identity Crisis

At the Natural Hazards Workshop this year, Daniel Aldrich gave a keynote talk about his findings from researching correlations between various variables and community recovery from disasters. In particular, he focused on his awesome empirical study of Kobe’s recovery from the 1995 earthquake. (While its not relevant to this post, he found that proxies of social capital had the greatest …

ResilScience: Art and science of community resilience

“…every science is evolved out of its corresponding art.” — Spencer, 1861, p 77 I’ve been doing research on community resilience since about 2001. The funding and guidance for the research — developing simulation modeling methods for representing community resilience — came from MCEER. My first publication [pdf] on the subject, with my mentor Stephanie Chang, came out the …

The well-being of community resilience

In most of the literature, the goal of community resilience is maintaining and recovering the functioning of some community. This is undoubtably an important goal, but it is not an imaginative or normative one. The goal of resilience should go beyond functioning and ultimately be the well-being of different communities and their members. Norris et al. (2008) argues that well-being sets …

Analyses shows all communities are resilient

An assertion can’t be proven by a lack of evidence to the contrary, but that’s what I’m going to do anyway. Have you ever read a study or seen a report where the result of the analysis was that the resilience of the particular community was zero? The sum of all the normalized demographic variables …

Resilience on adderall: Visualizing hyper data

Like I mentioned briefly here, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to try to characterize resilience using methods that spit out a single number–at least not from a theoretical perspective, at least not without without greater representational context methodologically. This is because of the complexity of community resilience. This complexity is only evident from …

Speak tweet to power

I am on a plane returning from New Jersey where I was attending a workshop hosted by the Kostas Institute. It was supposed to be a workshop to synthesize lessons on transportation resilience in light of Hurricane Sandy’s impact in New York and New Jersey. Many, if not most, conversations would actually turn to power systems–how …