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A Comparative Study of Natural Disasters in Asia

  • Start date: 01 November 2007
  • End date: 31 December 2008

This project is a comparative study of the aftermath of natural disasters. Focusing on urban and semi-urban areas it will examine the political economy of reconstruction and the various influences exerted by non-governmental public actors in different socio-cultural settings. The project will add a substantial comparative dimension to research already undertaken on post-earthquake reconstruction in Gujarat, western India (funded by a Nuffield Foundation New Career Development Fellowship). It will also produce general insights into the social dynamics of post-disaster reconstruction. The additional investigations will take place in the earthquake-affected city of Bam in Iran and in the tsunami-affected city of Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The overarching objective is to produce a comparative and ethnographic account of the effects of comparable natural disasters on the social and moral fabric of three urban areas of a similar size in different socio-cultural zones of Asia.

  • Outputs (4)
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Author: Edward Simpson Date: 14 April 2010 Full research report