The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition

06 July 2015–08 July 2015, 12:00 am–12:00 am

i-Rec Conference 2015: Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts. Image: Bam-Arefian, 2004

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Disasters and crises are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity in urban areas. Crises occurring in the urban context pose particular challenges for recovery and reconstruction.

This conference seeks to push the boundaries of knowledge on reconstruction and develop new areas of inquiry that help to solve the complex problems faced in urban areas. We have expressly designed the format of the conference to bring researchers and practitioners together to collaborate together in moving this critical issue forwards, and in bringing it to the attention of decision makers faced with the realities of post-disaster organization and action.

Offering a platform to grapple with such realities, the conference will propose a number of keynote presentations and thematic round table sessions. We are currently receiving abstracts for the conference: Download the Call for Papers (pdf)

We invite practitioners and researchers to submit 300-400 word abstracts, by 30th January 2015 to irec2015@ucl.ac.uk.

Visit the Conference site for further details. Registration will be open in late April 2015.

About i-Rec

i-Rec is a web-based international network focused on the study of reconstruction after disasters. i-Rec deals with information exchange between its members in order to contribute with knowledge related to building activities in situations of crisis, particularly disasters in developing countries. It creates links between more than 200 specialists in the field of post-disaster reconstruction, particularly in the areas of architecture, engineering and construction, humanitarian aid, international development and social sciences.

i-Rec organizes an international conference every two years: Montreal (Canada), 2002; Coventry (UK), 2004; Florence (Italy), 2006; Christchurch (New Zealand), 2008; Ahmedabad (India), 2010; Ascona (Switzerland) 2013. The i-Rec conferences bring together academics and practitioners interested in this field. In this regard, the conferences are a suitable environment for knowledge transfer and training based on experience and research.

Follow and participate in i-Rec activities:

  • Sign up as a new member: You can upload your picture and information that can help others identify your interests, expertise and experience. You will be included in the i-Rec database.
  • Sign up to the i-Rec Google group to follow discussions among members and receive related communications.
  • You can also engage with i-Rec on Facebook and LinkedIn.