10 am Friday 22 March
|Ilan Noy, Victoria University of Wellington|
What should build-back better be?
The long-term economic losses associated with catastrophic disasters are poorly understood. This lacuna in the research is surprising as these long-term effects may, in principle, be much more important than whatever happens during the short-term post-disaster emergency phase. In contrast, the policy literature is full of aspirational plans to ‘build-back-better’ (BBB) – a recovery from disasters that is not only complete but leads to improvements that go beyond the pre-disaster status quo. This seminar first considers the two most easily identified recent BBB cases: Sri Lanka after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and Sichuan after its 2008 earthquake. We then try to define more precisely what BBB should mean, and propose four criteria against which one should measure BBB policies: Safety, speed, fairness (and inclusiveness), and social/economic potential.
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