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PrepTalks: Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery

PrepTalks GraphicIn this PrepTalk, Dr. Daniel Aldrich explains how social ties are the critical aspect of resilience in immediate survival, in mental health, and in community recovery. Despite common assumptions that money, governance, level of damage, and inequality are the most important determinants of recovery, Aldrich demonstrates that “disaster resilience comes from internal factors: How connected are we? How much trust do we have in each other? How often do we work together?” Aldrich has studied disasters around the world and is the author of four published books, including Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery.

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Dr. Daniel Aldrich is professor and director of the Security and Resilience Program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He has published four books, more than 40 peer reviewed articles, and written op-eds for The New York Times, CNN, Asahi Shinbun, along with appearing on popular media outlets such as CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, and HuffPost. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and his research has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the Abe Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Aldrich has carried out more than five years of fieldwork in Japan, India, Africa, and the Gulf Coast. His newest book, "Black Wave: Connections and Governance in Japan’s 3/11 Disasters," is currently under review.

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04/18/2019 - 14:52