• 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 …

  • 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 …