Webinar: Preliminary Observations and Findings from the EERI Palu, Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Resilience Reconnaissance Team

View a recording of the webinar here.

Join us for a webinar to hear preliminary observations and findings from the EERI reconnaissance team that visited Palu, Indonesia earthquake in November 2019. The trip focused on issues related to ongoing population displacement and progress toward reconstruction following the devastating September 2018 earthquake and tsunami.


Kanako Iuchi is an associate professor at the International Research Institute for Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University, Japan. Her research focuses on recovery after disasters, with a special interest in long-term community relocation. As a planner, she worked extensively on post-disaster recovery efforts and resilience rebuilding with international agencies including the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and Japan International Cooperation Agency.

N. Rahma Hanifa: Rahma works at the Center for Earthquake Science and Technology, Research Center for Disaster Mitigation at the Institut Teknologi Bandung in Bandung, Indonesia. She is also involved with the National Center for Earthquake Studies of the Ministry of Public Work and Housing, the University Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (UF-DRR), and DRR Forum of West Java. She has been an appointed young scientist representative in the Asia Pacific Science, Technology, Academia Advisory Group since October 2019.

Ghazala Naeem: Ghazala is a disaster management practitioner with the Resilience Group, working in the areas of risk mitigation and resilience building. As an architect, she has contributed in the post-disaster rehabilitation process after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, the 2010-2011 floods in Pakistan, and the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal with various international organizations. Her research interest includes earthquake and tsunami risk reduction through policy measures and community preparedness.

Robert Olshansky, Ph.D., FAICP: Robert is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has studied recovery planning and management after major disasters, including the Northridge and Kobe earthquakes, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Wenchuan earthquake, Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, as well as disasters in India, Indonesia, Taiwan, New Zealand, and others. He has been a member of EERI for over 30 years.