Current Research

Acceptable Seismic risk in commercial buildings

An examination of the balance between accepting the earthquake risk posed by commercial buildings, and the potential economic and liveability impacts of reducing this risk.

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Behavioural response & recovery indicators

This research strand identifies characteristics and processes that enhance and facilitate a faster recovery back to the level of day-to-day household and community stability prior to a natural hazard event.

The studies we are working on in this area include:

  • Population displacement and temporary accommodation needs in Canterbury
  • Tsunami evacuation planning
  • Natural leadership performance indicators
  • Non-invasive indicators of recovery
  • Evaluation of social media monitoring platforms
  • Social media, information flows and crisis mapping
  • The effects of symbolic infrastructure development on community recovery
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Dynamics of urban & regional recovery

This research strand investigates aspects of economic recovery at different spatial scales to understand the impacts of natural hazard events on the urban fabric and the types of interventions that can enhance urban and regional recovery.

The studies we are working on in this area include:

  • Spatial temporal economic analysis of recovery of Christchurch (STEAR)
  • Post-disaster retail recovery in Christchurch
  • Testing central city liveability scenarios for Christchurch
  • Regional economic recovery from the Canterbury earthquakes
  • Long-term outcomes of the 2007 Gisborne earthquake
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Resilient Infrastructure

This research strand identifies characteristics and processes that enhance and facilitate a faster recovery back to the level of day-to-day household and community stability prior to a natural disaster.

The studies we are working on in this area include:

  • The seismic response of underground services
  • Wind speed hill shape multipliers
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