Coming Home after Disaster: Multiple Dimensions of Housing Recovery

Alka Sapat, Ann-Margaret Esnard

December 28, 2016 by Routledge
Reference - 358 Pages - 22 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498722865 - CAT# K25654

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  • Talks about post-disaster housing, an essential component in a community's recovery
  • Brings to light the current post-disaster housing options available so that emergency management professionals and community planners can gauge what will best serve their communities
  • Includes domestic and international case studies
  • Offers opportunities and solutions for communities in the face of disaster to provide shelter to displaced persons in their own communities and in host communities
  • Covers a wide array of natural disasters and the ways in which communities can adapt to these threats and ultimately attain resiliency
  • Discusses some of the legal and business aspects of disaster recovery and what roles those sectors can play in making post-disaster housing available and efficient within their respective communities


Post-disaster housing concerns and dilemmas are complex, global in nature, and are inextricably intertwined with social, economic, and political considerations.  The multi-faceted nature of housing recovery requires a holistic approach that accounts for its numerous dimensions and contours that are best captured with multi-disciplinary, multi-scalar, and multi-hazard approaches. This book serves as a valuable resource by highlighting the key issues and challenges that need to be addressed with regard to post-disaster housing. By featuring a collection of case studies on various disasters that have occurred globally and written by scholars and practitioners from various disciplines, it highlights the rich diversity of approaches taken to solve post-disaster housing problems. Coming home after Disaster can serve as an essential reference for researchers and practitioners in disaster and emergency management, public administration, public policy, urban planning, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, architecture, and other related social science fields.

Key features in this book are:

  • Addresses a wide range of dilemmas such as differential levels of social and physical vulnerability; problems related to land tenure, home-ownership, property rights, planning, and zoning; and political and legal challenges to housing recovery. 
  • Discusses the role played by public, private and non-governmental organizations, the informal sector, financial institutions, and insurance in rebuilding and housing recovery.
  • Features global case studies, incorporates relevant examples and policies, and offers solutions from a range of scholars working in multiple disciplines and different countries.


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