Post-disaster recovery and adaptation

Project Overview 

In spring of 2015, Nepal was struck by a string of massive earthquakes and a series of aftershocks causing about 9,000 deaths, 23,000 injuries and the destruction of 600,000 family homes (National Planning Commission 2015).  Damages amounted to over one-third of the national GDP.  Disasters affect communities asymmetrically and rural subsistence-based populations are typically among the most vulnerable (Freeman 2000, Cutter et al 2006, Wisner et al 2013).  In this case, mid-montane farming communities near the epicenters in Nepal were devastated. We examine the nature of disasters, such as earthquakes, as dramatic instigators of social-ecological change. Our research focuses on aspects of livelihood transition, community resilience, common-pool resource management in the context of post-earthquake Nepal. 

Related Publications

DiCarlo, J., Epstein, K., Marsh, R., & Måren, I. 2018. Post-disaster agricultural transitions in Nepal. Ambio. (February), 1–12.

Epstein, K., DiCarlo, J., Marsh, R., Adhikari, B., Paudel, D., Ray, I., & Måren, I. E. 2018. Recovery and adaptation after the 2015 Nepal earthquakes: a smallholder household perspective. Ecology and Society 23(1).

Epstein, K., DiCarlo, J., Marsh, R., Ray, I., & Måren, I. 2017. Coping Strategies of Smallholder Farming Communities after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake: Insights into Post-Disaster Resilience and Social–Ecological Change. Case Studies in the Environment.

Epstein, K., Marsh, R., Maren, I., Ray, I., DiCarlo, J., Paudel, D., and Adhikari, B. 2017. Research Summary: Adaptation and recovery after the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes. Published by ForestAction, Nepal.