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Durham University

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

After Disasters Network

After Disaster Network

‘Growing capabilities for understanding and dealing with the aftermath of disasters’

IHRR has launched a new initiative to specifically focus on ’After Disaster’.

We are interested in the foundations that support psychological, social, institutional, and economic ‘recovering’. We want to learn how to support and manage aftermaths without creating conditions that foster post-disaster crises. The timeframe of the aftermath can be long, with many people ‘living with’ disaster and post-disaster conditions for an extended period of time.

Our aspirations are to:

  • put communities at the heart of dealing with the aftermath,
  • ensure preparedness is about material, social and human capital not plans,
  • embrace collaboration with as wide a range of people as possible,
  • embrace unpredictability and uncertainty,
  • see the aftermath of disasters through a new lens that gets away from disciplinary silos and poorly defined terms and practices.

The After Disaster Network is going to develop a series of activities aimed at exploring challenges of dealing with the aftermath of a disaster and sharing learning about how to support communities at such time.

The After Disasters Network has been founded by:

Professor Louise Bracken, Wilson Chair in Risk Research and Ex-Director of IHRR

Kate Cochrane, Head of Emergency Management, Falklands Islands and Professor in Practice IHRR

Neil Denton Independent Community Mediator and Professor in Practice IHRR

Dr Lucy Easthope, Senior Fellow of the Emergency Planning College and Professor in Practice IHRR

Dr Flora Cornish, Associate Professor at LSE and Professor in Practice IHRR