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This study assesses the wind performance of various housing typologies representing informal construction practices in Puerto Rico to suggest modifications to enhance housing resilience in hurricanes. Based on fieldwork and interviews, the study defined four base housing typologies and possible variations in design and construction details. Each ho...
This study investigates areas where perceptions of those working in Puerto Rico's informal construction sector and engineering assessments of housing safety in future disasters misalign, identifying areas for construction capacity development to reduce hurricane and earthquake risk. We compared survey results from 345 individuals building and advis...
Globally, hazards are increasingly threatening housing each year, and housing constructed outside the formal sector may be particularly vulnerable. Yet, limited studies have investigated the perceptions of those responsible for designing and building this housing. These safety perceptions motivate the informal housing construction practices that ul...
Despite the knowledge gained on post-disaster sheltering and housing over the last several decades, there remains a disconnect in the evidence needed by humanitarian practitioners and the learning that the research community is capturing. To determine the research needed by practitioners, we assembled a Delphi panel of experts in humanitarian shelt...
As a global community, we continue to assemble a growing wealth of knowledge on humanitarian shelter and settlements, yet this begs the question – are we collecting the right evidence? This research, being led by the University of Sydney and the University of Colorado Boulder aims to synthesise research priorities for the humanitarian shelter and settlements sector, drawing from surveys, an expert panel (Delphi method), and interviews which will solicit opinions on research needs from NGOs, governments, and academic institutions to collaboratively define a strategy to guide future research. By more clearly defining the problems facing the humanitarian shelter and settlements sector, we hope to provide guidance on where academics and practitioners should direct their research efforts.