Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Daniel Aldrich

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Daniel’s current research project focuses on the resilience of post-disaster communities with a strong interest in the role played by local networks and social capital. In an era where the long term cumulative effects of global warming are becoming clear, and the impact upon coastal communities around the world will become only more severe, we need a better understanding of why certain cities and neighborhoods display resilience while others do not. Based upon fieldwork in India, Japan, and the United States, this research project seeks to provide both a theoretical model of recovery alongside concrete policy recommendations for decision makers, NGOs, and local communities.

His first book project focused on how governments seeking to develop new energy and transportation infrastructure handle the almost inevitable conflict with local civil societies who resist such siting attempts. The book, entitled SITE FIGHTS: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West (Cornell University Press, 2008), in particular focuses upon the nuclear energy programs of Japan and France; both nations seek to develop indigenous, "clean" sources of energy which will free them from reliance upon oil imports.

Selected Publications:

Aldrich, D. P. and K. Crook, Strong civil society as a double-edged sword: siting trailer in post-Katrina New Orleans (forthcoming), Political Research Quarterly.

Aldrich, D. P., Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West (2008), Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.

Aldrich, D. P., Location, location, location: selecting sites for controversial facilities (2008), Singapore Economic Review 53(1): 145-172.

Aldrich, D. P., Controversial facility siting: State policy instruments and flexibility (2005), The Journal of Comparative Politics 38(1): 103-123

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