Sandra M. Carrasco M. (BArch, MSc, PhD) is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, under the MacKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship. Sandra graduated from Kyoto University, Japan, where she completed her master and doctorate studies. Her research and professional experience include Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Chile, Indonesia and Peru. She focuses on topics related to post-disaster reconstruction and community resilience, as well as studies on NGOs involvement in reconstruction and community recovery. Recently she is looking for alternatives to connect post-disaster housing reconstruction to the processes of the informal development of housing as the expression of people’s self-production of their habitat. Dr Carrasco's research is centred to resident issues in massively built housing projects after disasters, the analysis of the transformation of the built environment and the appropriateness of rebuilt settlements, incremental housing, informal settlements and multi-stakeholders processes for post-disaster recovery, governance and city planning.
“Residential satisfaction and housing modifications A study in disaster induced resettlement sites in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines” (with Chiho Ochiai and Kenji Okazaki). International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Emerald Publishing Group. Manuscript accepted for publication in May, 2016, published online February 2017.
“Impacts of Resident-Initiated Housing Modifications in Resettlement sites in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines”, (with Chiho Ochiai and Kenji Okazaki). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction-Elsevier B.V., published online in May 2016.
“A study on Housing Modifications in resettlement sites in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines” (with Chiho Ochiai and Kenji Okazaki), Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, published January 2016.
“Influence of housing designs on resident-initiated housing modifications in resettlement sites in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines” (with Chiho Ochiai and Kenji Okazaki), Journal of Social Safety Science, published online in March 2016.
“The Role of International NGOs in the Post-Disaster Reconstruction Process in Tohoku Region: Habitat for Humanity Japan’s Disaster Response in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures” (with Chiho Ochiai and Hirohide Kobayashi), Reports of the City Planning Institute of Japan, No. 12, August 2013.
Resident-built housing modifications as a factor of adaptability to the built environment in disaster-induced resettlement site in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines (with Chiho Ochiai and Kenji Okazaki). In Shaw R., Shiwaku K. and Izumi T. (Eds.) Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia: Potentials and Challenges, Elsevier Publishing Group 2018, pp. 453-474.
Urbanism of Emergency: Use and Adaptation of Public Open Spaces in Disaster Induced Resettlement Sites (with David O'Brien). In Asgary A. (Ed.) Resettlement Challenges for Displaced Populations and Refugees (In Press), Springer, 2018.
Filling the Gaps: Modifying Modular Housing in Chile (with David O’Brien), presented at the ZEMCH 2018 International Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 29th January – 1st February 2018.
Citizen-government negotiation on flood risk reduction in riverside informal settlements (with Neeraj Dangol), paper presented at the International Expert Forum Mainstreaming Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education, December 1 -2, 2017, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.
“The Role of Humanitarian Agencies in Reconstruction and Development of Disaster Affected Communities in Japan and the Philippines” (with David O’Brien), paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Building Resilience: Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction, Bangkok, 27-29 November 2017.
“Urbanism of Emergency: Use and Adaptation of Public Open Spaces in Disaster-Induced Resettlement Sites” (with David O’Brien), paper presented at the 8th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition, Reconstruction and Recovery for Displaced Populations & Refugees, June 1-2, 2017, Toronto.
“Disaster Induced Resettlement: Multi-Stakeholder interactions and decision making following Tropical Storm Washi in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines” (with Chiho Ochiai and Kenji Okazaki), presented at the 11th International Conference of The International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (I3R2), August 27-29, 2015, Seoul, South Korea, Published in Procedia – Social and Behavioral Studies, Elsevier Group, May 2016.
“International NGOs’ competencies towards reconstruction of the built environment in the region of Tohoku, Japan”, presented at the 6th i-Rec Conference Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction: From Recovery to Risk Reduction, May 26-30, 2013, Ascona-Switzerland