Building Resilience After Urban Disasters through Better Shelter Responses

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Accelerating urbanization worldwide means more urban-centred disasters. Poor urban dwellers too often bear the brunt. Aid agencies have been slowly adapting to these new conditions. The provision of post-disaster shelter, already acknowledged as one of the most intractable problems in international humanitarian response', is especially complex in cities, where complicated governance, inequality and pre-existing poor quality housing are just some of the problems to be grappled with. This research therefore will investigate the best approaches that humanitarian actors can take in post-disaster shelter response to build resilience, that meet not only to immediate basic needs, but also contribute to long-term recovery.

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Supervisory team
David
Sanderson

Built Environment
Architecture and Design
Sarath
Mataraarachchi

Built Environment
Architecture and Design
Dijana
Alic

Built Environment
Architecture and Design
david.sanderson@unsw.edu.au

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