A decision-making framework for school infrastructure improvement

23 June 2022, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm


In this Online Seminar, Rafael Fernández discusses a decision-making framework that prioritizes school infrastructure investment with limited budgets against natural hazard threat.

This event is free.

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Arash Nassirpour – UCL EPICentre / Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

School infrastructure affects the quality of learning and performance of children and youth. Particularly, in the Latin-American and Caribbean context, natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides, threaten school facilities. Also, functionality problems of these facilities are common in the region, such as an inadequate number of classrooms, lack of recreation and leisure spaces, poor lighting and ventilation, old furniture, and deficient connectivity. In this seminar, a decision-making framework that prioritizes school infrastructure investment with limited budgets will be presented. This framework allows better public policy decisions and benefits students in terms of infrastructure quality with a multicriteria perspective, improving both safety and functional conditions. The framework is applied to the school infrastructure in Cali (Colombia) as a case study.


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About the Speaker

Rafael Fernández

PhD candidate at Universidad de Los Andes

Rafael Fernández is a PhD candidate at Universidad de Los Andes. He has worked on several disaster risk management projects for different types of hazards in countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Barbados. Rafael was also part of the team that developed the Global Library for School Infrastructure (GLOSI) for the World Bank. He is a civil engineer and holds a master’s degree in seismic and structural engineering from Universidad de Los Andes.