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How Social Ties are Critical during Crises

  • Daniel Aldrich
Wednesday 3 November 2021
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Spanish steps

What factors drive disaster resilience and recovery? Professor Daniel Aldrich explains how social capital is a much more important factor and driver of resilience and recovery than physical protection such as concrete dams, coastal works and the like.

Professor Aldrich studied cases all over the world, starting with communities affected by hurricane Katrina in 2005. One of his great research project focuses on how the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdowns took nearly 20,000 lives,  displaced entire communities and impacted nuclear policy across the globe. In his recent book, Black Wave, he shows how in Japan, mortality rates varied widely from town to town in coastal communities in the affected region. Also during the recovery period, towns vary in how they rebuild damaged infrastructure, reopened schools, and repopulated cities. Finally, mental health varied among the half a million refugees forced to flee from the disaster area.

Professor Aldrich seeks to explain the variation in mortality, recovery and mental health during and after the disaster by looking at the role of social capital and networks to provide concrete suggestions for ways to help us survive and thrive in disaster. He will discuss what this implies for the management of disasters of the future, such as those induced by extreme weather events.


This lecture will be moderated by associate professor in Crisis Governance dr. Sanneke Kuipers

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About the speaker

An award winning author, Aldrich has published five books including Building Resilience and Black Wave, more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, and written op-eds for the New York Times, CNN, HuffPost, and many other media outlets. He has spent more than 5 years in India, Japan, and Africa carrying out fieldwork and his work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Abe Foundation, and the Japan Foundation, among other institutions and was the 2021 Klein Lecturer at Northeastern University.

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