The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET) occurred 11 years ago on March 11, 2011, and now we are already in the 2nd decade of recovery after this disaster.
During the past decade, our perspectives, approaches and required collaboration towards hazard risks and risk reduction have shifted and diversified through the experiences of COVID-19, climate change, and many more challenges.
Looking forward into the 2nd decade of recovery after the GEJET, the major topics at this session will be: how should we scale up our recovery efforts? what should be the main focus for the next decade? and how can we make the best use of these experiences to strengthen risk reduction efforts around the world?
Professor Shinichi Egawa is a pancreatic surgeon and Professor, International Cooperation for Disaster Medicine in the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University. He participated in the headquarter of the Tohoku University Hospital in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. His research major is about medical needs in disaster medicine, hospital business continuity plan, health workforce development, computer simulation of disaster medicine, and development of healthy and resilient community against disaster. He published 190 and more English articles and serves as Head of the program committee of WADEM 2022 Tokyo congress, Executive Editor for disaster medicine in Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine, Deputy Editor for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, and the Advisory Working Group for the Project for Strengthening the ASEAN Regional Capacity on Disaster Health Management (ARCH Project).
Elizabeth Maly is an Associate Professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University, in Sendai Japan. With the theme of people-centered housing recovery, her research interests are community-based housing recovery and provision methods of transitional and permanent housing within the reconstruction processes–including policy, process and housing form–that support successful life recovery for disaster-affected people. Past and current research focuses on the experiences of people affected by disaster, and the roles of government and NGOs in the processes of housing reconstruction and resettlement after disasters in the U.S.A, Indonesia, Philippines, and Japan.
Prof. Ono is a geographer and climatologist, specialized in wind-related disasters such as tornadoes. He is also keen to international disaster risk reduction policies. He has been involved in international disaster risk reduction policy development at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO, Geneva), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR, Geneva and Bonn), and the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP, Bangkok), etc. After being away from Japan for nearly 20 years, he returned to Japan in 2012 to join the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University where he also serves as the director of the Global Center for Disaster Statistics, a joint initiative with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Julia Gerster currently works as Assistant Professor at the Disaster Culture and Digital Archive Division at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University. She received her PhD in Japanese studies with a disciplinary focus in social anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin in 2019. Julia’s dissertation explored the ambiguity of kizuna (human bonds) and the role of local culture in community building after the 3.11 disasters in Fukushima and Miyagi. Her main research interests include cultural and collective memory of disasters in Japan, the handling of negative heritage, and social ties after the 3.11 disasters.
Dr. Takako Izumi is an associate professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, Japan since 2013. She also serves as Program Director of the Multi Hazards Program under the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), which comprises 55 universities and academic institutes in the Pacific Rim. Her research interests include international and regional frameworks/strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR), international humanitarian assistance, and DRR initiatives at the local and community levels.
Prior to joining academia, she has more than 15-year experience as a practitioner in humanitarian assistance, disaster response, recovery, risk reduction as well as various development issues with an international NGO and UN agencies such as UN Habitat, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), UN Office for the Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias (UNORC), and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (Current UNDRR).
She has been appointed as a member of the UNDRR’s Asia-Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG) since May 2015. She holds Ph.D. in Global Environmental Study from Kyoto University, Japan.