Proceedings - Editors:

Ali Asgary* and the Conference Scientific Committee

* Conference Organizer and President of the Scientific Committee

Published online with the
support of:

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

2017 international i-Rec conference
Disaster Recovery and
Reconstruction for Refugees and Displaced Population

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8th i-Rec conference,
1-2 June 2017, Toronto, Canada.

Conference organized by:

- Information and research for reconstruction, i-Rec
- Advanced Disaster, Emergency & Rapid Response Simulation (ADERSIM), Disaster & Emergency Management Programs, York University

With the support of:

This event was supported by School of Administrative Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

About the conference

The 2017 i-Rec conference seeks to understand how disaster recovery and reconstruction knowledge and practice can contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of displaced and refugee populations.

In particular the conference seeks to push the boundaries of knowledge on recovery and reconstruction and develop new areas of inquiry that help to solve the complex problems related to forced displacement.

The conference is expressly designed to bring researchers, practitioners, and policy makers together to collaborate in moving this critical issue forward, and to bring it to the attention of decision makers faced with the realities of forced displacement.

Conference Main Theme

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the total number of people forcibly displaced worldwide in 2015 reached a total of 65.3 million. An estimated 12.4 million of these were newly displaced in 2015 as a result of conflict or persecution. Many of these displaced populations may never be able to go back and rebuild their houses, communities, and businesses. Therefore, it is important that recovery and reconstruction professionals, researchers, and policy makers examine how displaced populations can rebuild their life in new locations and recover from disasters that have impacted their lives, livelihoods, and communities. Therefore, the main theme of this year’s symposium, ‘Reconstruction and Recovery for Displaced Populations and Refugees’ reflects the need to better understand the multidimensionality and complexity of population displacement and the role that reconstruction and recovery knowledge and practice can play in this regard.
  • Design for refugee spaces refugee camps and temporary spaces 1
  • Vulnerability Reduction, Community Participation, the whole community (inclusive) and Coping Strategies in post disaster recovery and resettlement
  • Theoretical and socio-political issues of post-disaster reconstruction policies and planning
  • Design for refugee spaces, refugee camps and temporary space 2
  • Climate change and conflicts induced displacement
Conference Program (PDF)

The 8th i-Rec Student international competition (site)