Hazards and Society


The Natural Hazards and Society group at EOS, directed by Patrick Daly, explores the intersections between society and hazards in Asia. Our research aims to generate new knowledge and potentially paradigm shifting insights into the impact of hazards upon societies (past and present), post-disaster reconstruction and recovery, and risk, adaptation and resilience. Our work is broadly multi-disciplinary and based upon intensive fieldwork in conjunction EOS earth scientists, international collaborators, and partners across the region. Our on-going research projects contribute towards academic debates about hazards and society, as well as inform policy on building safer communities in Asia. 

Latest Projects

The Urban Reconstruction in Nepal Project studies the strategies being used to rebuild urban settlements destroyed by the 2015 earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

The Aceh Geohazards Project combines geology, geomorphology, history and archaeology to better understand the past occurrence of tsunami in Aceh, and the extent to which such events might have impacted past societies.

Survivors of the tsunami examine the extent of the destruction in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Banyak Islands, off the western coast of Aceh, Sumatra.

The Aftermath of Aid (AoA) Project is a collaboration between EOS and the International Centre for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies (ICAIOS).

Latest Publications

Daly, Patrick, RM Feener, M Jauhola, and Craig Thorburn. "Blueprints for change in post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia." In Rebuilding Asia Following Natural Disasters: Approaches to Reconstruction in the Asia-Pacific Region, edited by Patrick Daly and RM Feener, 181-209. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.