Daniel Aldrich, Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program and Professor in political science and public policy, Northeastern University
"How Social Ties Matter Before, During, and After Crisis"
To get a better idea of his work, consult the following articles:
- Substitute or complement? How social capital, age and socioeconomic status interacted to impact mortality in Japan's 3/11 tsunami
- Black Wave: How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan's 3/11 Disasters
- How Social Ties Influence Hurricane Evacuation Behavior
- Social capital as a shield against anxiety among displaced residents from Fukushima
Abstract: The March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and associated tsunami and nuclear meltdowns took nearly 20,000 lives, created half a million refugees, and affected energy policies as far away as Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. In Japan, mortality rates in coastal communities in the Tohoku region were not constant; instead, they varied widely from town to town. During the recovery period, some towns have rebuilt damaged infrastructure, reopened schools, and repopulated down towns. Others have not been as successful. What explains the variation in mortality during the tsunami and recovery after the disaster? Using data gathered from extended fieldwork, interviews, and surveys, Aldrich looks closely at the role of social capital and networks to provide concrete suggestions for ways to help us survive and thrive in disaster. While many of us envision disaster mitigation in terms of physical infrastructure, the findings instead point to the power of social infrastructure to reduce mortality and accelerate post disaster recovery.
Bio: Daniel Aldrich is director of the security and resilience studies program and professor in political science and public policy at Northeastern University in Boston. An award winning author, Aldrich has published five books including Building Resilience and Black Wave, more than 55 peer-reviewed articles, and written op-eds for the New York Times, CNN, HuffPost, and many other media outlets. He has spent more than five years in India, Japan, and Africa carrying out fieldwork and his work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the Abe Foundation, and the Japan Foundation, among other institutions. He tweets at @danielpaldrich