Center for Rebuilding
Sustainable Communities 
after Disasters

John W. McCormack Graduate School of
Policy and
Global Studies


CRSCAD Newsletter
July 2013
CRSCAD Co-Hosts Presentation on Post-Earthquake New Zealand

In the wee hours of September 4, 2010, disaster struck Christchurch, New Zealand. Esther Newman's husband woke her, saying "this is the big one." The large-scale earthquake that scientists had long predicted in the region was in progress-an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale. Though Newman had only just resigned as an emergency management advisor to the Christchurch City Council, she knew she had to help out.


But the crisis in Christchurch was only just beginning. Only six months later, the city experienced a second earthquake. Although the second quake had a lower magnitude, its epicenter was closer to the city's heart. The earthquake caused 185 deaths and left 18,000 families homeless. The central business district, already weakened by the September quake and its aftershocks, suffered significant damage. The total cost to rebuild the region has been estimated at NZ$20-30 billion.


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There is still time to register for CRSCAD's summer course

Graduate Certificate Program

This course will give you an overview of challenges faced by displaced migrant and refugee populations. We will engage the problem of displacement, primarily, from the vantage point of refugees. But we will also explore the ambiguities of the migrant/refugee distinction, and examine forms of displacement that are experienced by both populations. Some of the topics we will cover include: the experience of Haitian asylum seekers, Guatemalan migrants fleeing gang violence, Iraqi and Afghan refugees, and gender violence.

Instructor: Phil Kretsedemas. For more info about this course, email  

Registration for fall courses begins July 22
Graduate Certificate Program

News Digest - National and International Conferences on Disasters

CRSCAD's publications


Awotona, Adenrele (ed.) Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with Vulnerable Populations after the Cameras Have Gone: A Worldwide Study, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, U.K.: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2012, xvi+513pp., Isbn13: 978-1-4438-3739-2; Isbn: 1-4438-3739-3 -

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Awotona, Adenrele (ed.). Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and their Families after Disasters: A Global Survey, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, U.K.: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010, xxviii+458pp., ISBN 9781443817769, and as e-book by MyILibrary (LaVergne, TN)


Awotona, Adenrele (ed.). Rebuilding sustainable communities in Iraq: Policies, Programs and International Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, xxiii+319pp; ISBN (10): 1-84718-927-X; ISBN (13): 9781847189271. -


About  CRSCAD:

We work in close collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers, and grassroots organizations on all the continents of the world in their search for the most appropriate and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities after disasters.

University of Massachusetts
McCormack Hall, 3rd floor, Room 612
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
Telephone: 617.287.7116

2014 Conference: Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Sustainable Reconstruction


May 8−10, 2014
The conference will explore and examine how disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and sustainable reconstruction after disasters will be addressed in context of architectural, planning and engineering education. Through this international conference, discussions will be held on educational opportunities such as online short courses, continuing education options, curricular suggestions for schools in countries most vulnerable to catastrophic disasters, and joint degree programs for schools with appropriate expertise in the topic. 
Representatives of regulatory agencies, professional associations, foundations supporting educational initiatives, and academic societies−as well as academic institutions−are encouraged to attend.

Recent Global Disasters

Flooding in Central Europe, June
Severe Drought in Ecuador
Severe Drought in Namibia 

Editorial Committee

Contributions, suggestions, and feedback about the newsletter are welcome and should be sent to any of the following members of the Editorial Committee:
  • Adenrele Awotona (Editor and Chair) 
  • Brandon P. Milby (Design and Distribution)
  • Jennifer Clifford
  • Victor Dzidzienyo  
  • Katharine Galaitsis
  • Yasamin Izadkhah
  • Amal Mohammed Hassan Jamal 
  • Olga Lauterbach
  • Oluwatoyin Ilesanmi  

Telephone: 617.287.7116

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