Adapting to a Hazardous Earth
Rob Olshansky is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—where he taught for 28 years—and Visiting Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. For the past 30 years he has studied recovery planning and management after numerous major disasters around the world, including ones in the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Haiti. His co-authored books (with Laurie Johnson) include Opportunity in Chaos: Rebuilding after the 1994 Northridge and 1995 Kobe Earthquakes (available online), Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans (APA Press, 2010), and After Great Disasters: An In-depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery (Lincoln Institute, 2017). His current research focuses on the process of community relocation in response to natural hazards, including active in Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and Indonesia.