This research project will inform strategies for rebuilding sustainable communities in regions affected by the 2004 tsunami through a comparative study of five post-tsunami resettlement projects.
Australian Research Council
Sustainable communities: assessing post-tsunami resettlement projects in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India; is the longest and most intense study of social recovery from the tsunami, and involves RMIT and Monash University researchers in partnership with AusAID, Australia’s official aid agency. The key themes explored include political and institutional factors affecting RP design and the delivery and the rebuilding of economic self-reliance.
The research also sought to distil a set of ‘best practices’ for use by AusAID and policy-makers in the ongoing rehabilitation of tsunami-affected communities and in the design of future post-disaster interventions in developing countries, as well as the creation of stable and effective social institutions in resettled communities.
Research team: Martin Mulligan, Yaso Nadarajah, Dave Mercer and Wasana Weeraratne (RMIT University), Judith Shaw (Monash University), and Matthew Clarke (Deakin University), with Professor Sri Hettige (University of Colombo), Kaleel Aqeel (South Eastern University, Pottuvil), Ashraff Ahmed (NESDO NGO, Sainthamaruthu) and Kushil Gunasegara (Foundation of Goodness, Seenigama)