Japan tsunami/earthquake expert on disaster recovery, survival and social networks

March 3, 2015  

Daniel P. Aldrich

Daniel P. Aldrich 
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Daniel Aldrich, Purdue University associate professor of political science, has studied evacuation, disaster recovery and community rebuilding following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

He can discuss how government regulation, communication and social networks relate to natural disasters, especially concerning the location of nuclear power sites that can be affected by seismic activities. He also studies how societies address hazard exposure concerns by engaging in citizen science and grass-roots activism. His research on social connections also has focused on how these relationships affect survival during a natural disaster and the rebuilding of communities.

Aldrich, who speaks Japanese, was in Japan 2012-13 on a Fulbright Fellowship to study changes in government and civic engagement since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. 

He is the author of "Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery" and "Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West." Aldrich has also completed a book "Recovery and Resilience in Disasters" focusing on disaster response and recovery in the Philippines, India, Singapore and other Asian nations.

Aldrich, who is director of Purdue's Asian Studies program, also has studied disaster recovery issues related to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Tamil Nadu, the 1923 earthquake in Tokyo and the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan.

CONTACT: Daniel P. Aldrich, daniel.aldrich@gmail.com

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