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Catastrophe in Context: Household Recoveries from the 2015 Earthquakes

05/08/2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am


Lecture by PSU Faculty Member, Jeremy Spoon, PhD.

The 2015 Nepal earthquakes had catastrophic impacts on the lives and property of Himalayan
peoples. This study focuses on four settlements in two of the hardest hit districts with differing access, aid, and populations. We randomly selected 400 households in these locations and conducted two ten-
week research phases at nine months and 1.5 years after the earthquakes. Using household surveys, in-
depth interviews, and focus groups, we assessed the roles of hazard exposure, livelihood diversity, institutional context, connectivity, and social memory in the recovery process. Employing multivariate
statistics and content analysis, our study found that accessibility, hazard exposure, and livelihood
diversity were the strongest drivers of recovery outcomes. We then triangulated our results in a series
of local and national research return workshops with the study participants and key consultants 2.5
years after the earthquakes. Our findings can assist policymakers, practitioners, academics, and other
stakeholders to better understand the dynamics of natural disaster recovery in rural mountain
communities in Nepal, the Himalaya, and beyond.

The lecture is in Room 294

**This event is not hosted by GlobalPDX.


9:00 am - 10:30 am
Event Category:


Institute for Asian Studies


PSU, Smith Memorial Student Union
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