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Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative seminar: Household Displacement and Return After Disasters

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Household displacement following disasters has become endemic in many areas worldwide, affecting at least 265 million people between 2008 and 2018. Although this figure includes short-term and potentially life-saving evacuations, there is ample evidence that not all households return after the emergency phase. Protracted displacement is associated with particularly negative consequences for the affected households and community. Yet, existing data on displacement duration is limited, and only a few disaster recovery models incorporate the multitude of factors beyond housing damage that are known to influence household return. This presentation will summarize recent and ongoing research focused on quantifying household displacement and return within disaster risk models.

Speaker Bio

Nicole Paul is a PhD candidate at University College London researching household displacement after disasters. Her background is in structural engineering, with a BSc from UC Berkeley and an MSc from Stanford University. She has over nine years of experience quantifying disaster risks at the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation and Arup San Francisco. At the GEM Foundation, she conducted earthquake risk assessments at the national and regional scales. At Arup, she was focused on the campus and building-specific scales, with an emphasis on modeling recovery after disasters.