Proceedings - Editors:

Dean Myburgh
Erica Seville
Suzanne Wilkinson*

With the contribution of the Conference Scientific Committe

* Conference Organizer and President of the Scientific Committe

Published online with the support of:

L’Observatoire universitaire de la vulnérabilité and la reconstruction durable (Oeuvre durable), funded by Fonds de recherche du Québec, Société et culture (FQRSC), Canada.

2008 international i-Rec conference

Building resilience: achieving effective post-disaster reconstruction.
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4th i-Rec conference and student competition, 30 april - 2 May, 2008 - University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand.

Conference organized by: 

- Information and research for reconstruction, i-Rec
- The Resilient Organisations Research Programme
- University of Canterbury

With the support of: 

- International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)

Funding for the online publication provided by:

- L’Observatoire universitaire de la vulnérabilité et la reconstruction durable (Oeuvre durable)
- Fonds de recherche société et culture, Québec
- The IF Research Group – grif, Université de Montréal

See the invitation brochure


This Conference:

In April 2008, the Resilient Organisations Research Programme hosted the 4th International i-Rec conference on post-disaster reconstruction in Christchurch, New Zealand. Papers presented at the Conference were wide-ranging, covering a number of topical issues for post-disaster reconstruction from around the world.

Report: Summary of learnings from the 4th International i-REC Conference

This report provides a high level summary of some of the learning’s that emerged during the conference, and the lessons that may be taken from the experience of those who work at the forefront of post-disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts, as well as those who have researched relevant post-disaster reconstruction issues. Key themes discussed in this report include:

1. The importance of proactive planning for post-disaster reconstruction and recovery.

2. Focusing on ‘Building Back Better’ and community recovery.

3. Enablers and barriers for reconstruction programmes.

4. Reducing vulnerability through better design.