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Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

ISSN No: 2058-2838
Series Editor(s):
Prof. Adenrele Awotona

Series Description

Established in 2008, the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, is a multidisciplinary research unit dedicated to raising awareness and possessing the expertise necessary for long-term sustainable reconstruction after disasters with a focus on vulnerable populations. Beyond earthquakes and severe weather-related events, the center offers professional trainings and practical knowledge for other disasters framed by bad governance and poverty, environmental pollution, HIV/AIDS, wars and conflicts, large-scale attacks on civilian populations, technological catastrophes, and influenza pandemics.

As part of its mission to develop practical, sustainable and long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental consequences of disasters, the center regularly organizes and hosts international conferences and workshops that bring together representatives from government, humanitarian and disaster relief organizations, the nonprofit and non-governmental sectors, researchers, and first responders as well as students of global post disaster studies to exchange ideas, best practices, and lessons learned to build a worldwide community that is better informed and enabled to prepare for, respond to, and finally rebuild sustainable communities after disasters.

A key focus of these workshops and conferences is always on the full participation of vulnerable populations —women, children, people with disabilities, the elderly, the poor —in planning for disaster response and mitigation as well as post–disaster rebuilding. Past conferences and workshops have focused on China, Haiti, Iraq, and Japan resulting in the following publications:

Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with Vulnerable Populations after the Cameras Have Gone: A Worldwide Study, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, U.K.: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2012

Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and their Families after Disasters: A Global Survey, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, U.K.: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010,

Rebuilding sustainable communities in Iraq: Policies, Programs and International Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, U.K.: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2008

Through this book series, a wide range of readers learn about the complex and multidimensional nature of local and global disasters and how to respond appropriately to their social, political, environmental and economic significances for local communities.

The published volumes would appeal to educators, scholars, researchers, officials of governments and Non-Governmental Organizations, humanitarian and multilateral agencies, scientists of all stripes (social, physical, biological, environmental, amongst others), architects, engineers, planners (regional/city/urban/community/neighborhood/economic/social) and allied professionals, public policy makers, for-profit and not-for-profit entities, grassroots community-based organizations, managers and all those who are potential victims of disasters and who have to create awareness, understanding and actions in emergency planning and response.

Editor(s) Biography

Adenrele Awotona is Professor and Director of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA. He is a former Dean of the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He was a Director of Studies for the British Council International Seminars (Reconstruction after disasters) in the United Kingdom.

He earned his doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He also earned a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute of Management and Leadership in Education; and, two certificates from Cornell University, one in managing performance in higher education and another from the Administrative Management Institute.

Professor Awotona’s research interests comprise global post-disaster reconstruction; social and cultural dimensions of disasters; disaster diplomacy; sustainable community-based planning; international development planning; housing policy, architectural design and cultural values; and, people-environment relations. He has published extensively in these areas. Similarly, through research, consultancy and teaching, he has professional experience in many countries of Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and the Caribbean.

Series Titles

Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters in China, Japan and Beyond

This volume examines lessons learned in reducing the impact of disasters on communities in China, Japan and other countries world-wide.Asia is the most disaster-prone continent. The 2012 data on natural disasters in 28 Asian countries, released by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Belgian-based Centre fo...

Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and their Families after Disasters

Disasters impose enormous misery on children, the most vulnerable members of the community. Records show that two million children have died as a direct consequence of armed conflict over the past decade. Globally, millions more have suffered death, disease, and dislocation as a result of such natural disasters as earthquakes, drou...

Rebuilding Sustainable Communities in Iraq

The scene in Iraq is most troubling; and further failure therein – especially failure in sustainable reconstruction – will compound the tragedy and bring grievous harm to too many: in Iraq, the United States, the Middle East and the Western world. Yet, the current efforts at reconstruction cannot succeed -- as we seem to be making...

Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with Vulnerable Populations after the Cameras Have Gone

This volume focuses on the status of the elderly and the disabled after disasters globally as well as the challenges of post-earthquake rebuilding in Haiti.The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has estimated that between 1987 and 2007, about 26 million older people were affected each year by natur...