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Housing Continuum: Key Determinants Linking Post-Disaster Reconstruction to Resilience in the Long Term

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Home constitutes the most basic human need in most societies. At a micro-scale, a house is one of the basic human rights and forms the foundation for a safe, comfortable, healthy and prosperous life. For that reason, people invest a large portion of their earnings in their home making it the most expensive asset they possess. At a macro-scale, the earth is the only home known to humans and non-humans, which sustains us through its ecosystem services like freshwater, air and fertile land. However, there is increasing friction in the interaction between the natural system and the human system (housing and the built environment), resulting in disasters. This research seeks to provide an answer to the question: how does post-disaster housing reconstruction serve to enhance society’s resilience in the long term?

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Dr. Mittul Vahanvati acknowledges the support she received from the RMIT University’s Higher Degree by Research Publication Grant, which supported her efforts in producing this research output.

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Vahanvati, M. (2022). Housing Continuum: Key Determinants Linking Post-Disaster Reconstruction to Resilience in the Long Term. In: James, H., Shaw, R., Sharma, V., Lukasiewicz, A. (eds) Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia Pacific. Disaster Risk, Resilience, Reconstruction and Recovery. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-4811-3_16

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