Exchanging Disaster Science Expertise Between Countries-A Japanese Personal Perspective

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    Having experienced firsthand the catastrophic Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, Tohoku University founded the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) in 2012. IRIDeS staff, with a broad array of relevant specializations, conducts world-class research on disaster science and disaster mitigation in collaboration with organizations from many countries. As a member of IRIDeS, Prof. Osamu Murao, the founder and manager of the International Strategy for Disaster Mitigation Laboratory (ISDM), has conducted several international collaborative research projects. This chapter briefly reports on the activities of the IRIDeS and ISDM and highlights key factors for successful international collaborative research and exchange experiences with other countries. The author recounts his initial collaborative research experience in a long-term project examining Taiwan's recovery from the impact of the 1999 Chi-Chi Earthquake which was the foundation of the international research collaboration at ISDM. The chapter concludes with a summary of the valuable lessons learned from the author's participation in this research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Demography of Disasters
    Subtitle of host publicationImpacts for Population and Place
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030499204
    ISBN (Print)9783030499198
    Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sept 17


    • Chi-Chi earthquake
    • IRIDeS
    • Japan
    • Local communities
    • Partnership
    • Taiwan

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Environmental Science(all)
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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