31 Oct 2018


Natural hazards present significant risks to many communities across the United States. Fortunately, there are measures governments, building owners, developers, tenants and others can take to reduce the impacts of such events. These measures—commonly called mitigation—can result in significant savings in terms...

Journal article

14 Aug 2017

This article examines whether, in spite of the costs of strengthening, there is significant progress being made on strengthening heritage buildings in Wellington New Zealand. The focus is on category 1 heritage buildings.


31 Jan 2017

This report provides Parliament and the New Zealand public an independent account of how effectively and efficiently the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) has performed.


1 Jul 2015

The Quarterly Canterbury Job Matching Report for the March 2015 quarter was released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, providing employment demand and supply information on the Canterbury rebuild and wider recovery.

Some key findings for this quarter are:



30 Jun 2015

Following the earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 the Nepalese Government has made datasets openly available through a Disaster Data Portal, with many organisations and individuals also producing visual data platforms. This open data allows people to make their own analysis.


25 Jun 2015

The Global Risk Map is the second phase of the PSI Global Resilience Project, which is led by Insurance Australia Group (IAG). The Map was introduced at a major PSI event in Switzerland in May 2015, and formally launched at a global insurance industry event...

Conference paper

18 Nov 2014

On September 4, 2010, an earthquake struck rural Canterbury and the most deadly of over 2,000 aftershocks devastated the Christchurch Central Business District on February 22, 2011 (Ardagh et al. 2012). Questions have arisen regarding population dynamics (Love 2011), marginalized groups, health and social care,...

Conference paper

4 Nov 2014

This project seeks to produce a database, conceptual map, and a literal map of the diverse economic activities contributing to both coping with change and the future renewal of Christchurch.


Post-quake Christchurch has seen a flourishing of alternative economic activities that...

Working paper

13 Oct 2014

The Canterbury earthquake sequence of 2010 and 2011 presented the Government with unprecedented challenges, not least of which was to ensure consistency and connectedness across each of its agencies who had a role in the response.

This paper examines particular instances where government agencies...

Working paper

15 Aug 2014

The Canterbury earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011 caused major upheaval to the people of the region. The second quake killed 185 people, forced many from their homes, and closed Christchurch’s central business district. This paper examines the consequential effects on business in the...


30 Jun 2014

Executive summary

The need for building resilience

Natural hazards have the potential to devastate communities and economies around the world. Natural hazards are inevitable, but not natural disasters. When a natural hazard occurs, it is the collective societal resilience that will...


26 Jun 2014

Executive summary : This report provides an outline of the latest employment demand and supply information available on the Canterbury rebuild and wider recovery, in order to inform decision-making and provide an update of the progress on the rebuild.

The main findings...


30 May 2014

Summary: This book focuses on the challenges facing governments and communities in preparing for and responding to major crises — especially the hard to predict yet unavoidable natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to floods and bushfires, as well as pandemics and global...


4 May 2014

This paper tells stories of the Christchurch earthquakes and the aftermath, involving community action, health, housing, insurance woes, families, children and many other themes.


How did this project come to be? Well, without the earthquakes there would be no project, so...


24 Apr 2014

Executive summary: This report provides an outline of the latest employment demand and supply information available on the Canterbury rebuild and wider recovery, in order to inform decision-making and provide an update of the progress on the rebuild.

The main findings are:...


2 Apr 2014

Comparing 2006 Census data with 2013 data, this article discusses the impact of the Christchurch earthquakes on where people are living, how many people are staying or living in non-private dwellings and the labour force statistics not hindered by any increase in people living in...


20 Feb 2014

This study used a life story interview approach to find out about women’s experiences of the Christchurch earthquakes.


After the devastating 6.3 magnitude quake in Christchurch on 22 February 2011, the media gave much attention to heroic stories of rescue, the...

Discussion paper

4 Oct 2013

The physical destruction accompanying disasters typically creates an urgency to rebuild and help survivors get back on track. There are inspiring examples of how architects and other built environment professionals have contributed to rebuilding. In many cases their efforts have facilitated the re-establishment of eroded...


20 Jun 2012

Earthquakes attributable to human activities are called 'induced seismic events' or 'induced earthquakes.' In the past several years induced seismic events related to energy development projects have drawn heightened public attention.Although only a very small fraction of injection and extraction activities at hundreds of thousands...

Technical report


This report commisioned by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) from an Independant Panel of experts focuses on the design, construction and land influences on the performance of Wellington’s Statistics House during the 14 November Kāikoura earthquake in New Zealand.

Statistics House is...



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