Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Recent Publications

Mukherji, A. (2016). Resilience at the margins: Informal housing recovery in Bachhau, India after the 2001 Gujarat quake. International Journal of Housing Policy. DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2016.1219648

Mukherji, A. (2015). From tenants to owners: Housing renters after disaster in Bhuj, India. Housing Studies, 30(7): 1135-1157. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2015.1008423

Panel Discussion at 2016 Natural Hazards Center Workshop

Anuradha Mukherji participated in a panel discussion at the Natural Hazards Conference in Colorado. (From the American Planning Association twitter feed.)

Recent Publications

An updated list below of my most recent publications. All my recent and past publications are listed on Selected Works. Please click on the Selected Works Logo (an open book) at the bottom of this web page to access/download the articles.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Mukherji, A. (2014). Post-disaster housing recovery: The promise and peril of social capital. Journal of Civil Society. DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2014.885787
  • Mukherji, A., Ganapati, N.E., Rahill, G.J. (2014). Expecting the unexpected: Field research in post-disaster settings. Natural Hazards. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-014-1105-8
  • Ganapati, N.E., Mukherji, A. (2014). Out of sync: Shared lessons from India and Turkey on World Bank funding and post-disaster planning for housing recovery. Natural Hazards Review, 15(1): 58-73. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000120
  • Rahill, G.J., Ganapati, N.E., Clérismé, J.C., Mukherji, A. (2014). Shelter recovery in urban Haiti after the earthquake: The dual role of social capital. Disasters, 38(S1): S73-S93. DOI: 10.1111/disa.12051

Abe Fellowship Award 2014-2016

I am a recipient of the Abe Fellowship (2014-16) from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in collaboration with the American Council of Learned Societies and with funding from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. This year the SSRC received 90+ applications and awarded 12 fellowships. The fellowship provides research support that will allow me to continue my work in Japan on land-use change adaptation that I began in 2012 with the JSPS fellowship (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship) following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. My research project is titled, Planning Urban Recovery and Resilience: Comparing Land Use Policy and Adaptation Initiatives After Catastrophic Events. More information about the fellowship itself is available at Abe Fellowship.

Negotiating Adaptation and Recovery in Tohoku

During Summer 2012 the Japan Foundation awarded me a short-term JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) fellowship (nominated by Social Science Research Council, SSRC) to observe ongoing recovery planning processes in Japan following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the east coast of northern Japan has devastated coastal communities in the Tohoku region and caused permanent land subsidence in multiple cities and towns in the Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures.I visited Japan from May to August 2012 to examine how coastal municipalities in the Tohoku region employ and negotiate land use change strategies to adapt to coastal land subsidence and subsequent sea level rise. Tensions between the urgency to rebuild quickly and the need for long term land use change adaptation underlie planning and rebuilding processes that are inherently long, messy, and fraught with conflict. My research objective is to identify long term land use change patterns, document adaptation strategies among coastal communities impacted by the disaster, and assess how communities negotiate the associated processes and conflicts.

I visited several cities and towns in the Tohoku region that are impacted by the tsunami and conducted interviews with local government officials, business owners, NGOs, people living in temporary housing, and academics working directly with cities and communities as consultants and advisors.

The destruction caused by the tsunami was still raw one year after the event. Being there on the ground really brought home the scale of the devastation. Recorded footage of the tsunami on TV news and YouTube videos playing repeatedly are indeed shocking but somehow seem disconnected from the actual event. What was once the center of the town, I was now standing in the middle of a vast field with empty lots and foundations that were still not dug out. Driving past mountains and mountains of sorted debris that were once part of these cities, towns and communities. Sea walls with each slab the size of a three story building toppled over.

Talking with people, being there, and looking at what they were talking about underscored the complex recovery processes facing the communities I visited. What they want, why, how they are thinking and how challenging it must be to articulate their goals in their situation.