Organising Post-Disaster Reconstruction Processes

Housing Reconstruction after the Bam Earthquake

  • Fatemeh FarnazĀ Arefian

Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fatemeh Farnaz Arefian
      Pages 3-24
  3. Case Study

  4. Analyses

  5. Concluding Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Fatemeh Farnaz Arefian
      Pages 255-279

About this book


Through a synthesis of a broader inter-disciplinary literature in the field of disaster studies, organisation theory and management, and an in-depth case study this book provides an analytical framework for organising post-disaster reconstruction programmes which aim to reduce future disaster risks and achieve other objectives.  It explores the role of organisational design and management on approaching and achieving the objectives of the reconstruction programme in Iran after the 2003 Bam earthquake. 

The housing reconstruction programme in Bam was a complex case, offering various learning opportunities to understand organising reconstruction processes especially in urban areas. The case study research explores how the urban housing reconstruction programme system was formed purposefully towards the delivery of the stated objectives and created an innovative housing process throughout the urban area. It identifies consistencies and inconsistencies among the influential organisational attributes of the programme delivery system formation. The system evolved through corrective adjustments (either formally or informally) during its implementation to reflect unfolding consequences of inconsistencies in initial formation and emerging contextual issues in the field. 


post-disaster reconstruction urban reconstruction Bam earthquake resilience disaster risk reduction organisational design

Authors and affiliations

  • Fatemeh FarnazĀ Arefian
    • 1
  1. 1.Silk Cities, The Bartlett Development Planning UnitUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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