QuakeCoRE Seminar – 29 October 2021

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QuakeCoRE 2021 – 2028 Research Programme – Disciplinary Theme 3: Law, Planning, Economics

10 am Friday 29th October

Programme Co-Leader: Professor Ilan Noy (Victoria University of Wellington) &
Programme Co-Leader: Professor John Hopkins (University of Canterbury)


The current approach to seismic risk in NZ reflects the global paradigm of separate consideration of the four elements of the disaster cycle (mitigation, prevention, response and recovery). Thus, law and policy address seismic risk through a focus on individual elements (e.g. The Building Act, CDEM Act, RMA, etc), creating a siloed approach with a tendency to focus mostly on response. This approach increasingly deviates from best practice, both internationally and in NZ, as recognised by the 2019 National Disaster Resilience Strategy.

  • Recognising this paradigm shift, this disciplinary theme will develop a holistic science-based

approach to the regulation and efficient implementation of seismic risk reduction that includes every link in the ‘value-chain’, utilising the most appropriate legal, planning and economic incentive tools to reduce immediate damage (and short-term loss) while improving the prospects of successful long-term recovery. Such a holistic approach, while already discussed conceptually in policy, is currently lacking the global evidence-base to support it. Our innovative approach is focussed on post-event wellbeing, and utilises the Four Capitals identified in the NZ Treasury’s path-breaking Living Standards Framework – natural, human, social, and physical/financial. Explicit consideration will also be given to efficient mitigation mechanisms to reduce the impacts of seismic events. This can only be achieved through paradigm-shifting, inter-disciplinary collaborations that quantify the economic costs of seismic events; formulate and test appropriate regulatory tools and assess wider governance models for their mitigation.

For details on how to join the seminar – return to the 2021 Seminar series home page link

How to join the Seminar
10:00 AM Friday 29th October 
Zoom link 
(password – 389905)

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