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Novel Approach for Vital Infrastructure Post Disaster

A project devising a community-led framework for infrastructure development in Ecuador.

This project evaluates post-disaster management cases in three cities in Ecuador, to create new bottom-up community-led frameworks for infrastructures development. It utilises innovative virtual reality scenarios to capture non-technical people responses to different built environments, and evaluate their practical implementation, considering indigenous construction practices as well as social and cultural preferences. The level of acceptance of such solutions is paramount for long-term vulnerability reduction and the well-being of survivors (UN Sustainable Development Goal 3). This research seeks to transform how post-disaster infrastructure is conceived, following a multi-disciplinary approach combining social and computer sciences with architecture and materials engineering. 

Research Team: Dr Ornella Iuorio, University of Leeds; Dr Susan Lopez, University of Leeds; Dr Gustavo Duran, FLACSO; Dr Michael Janoschka, University of Leeds; Professor Richard Romano, University of Leeds

Project part of

Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being

This programme aims to support interdisciplinary research that explores how formal and informal infrastructures interact to affect the well-being of people in cities across the Global South.


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