UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Rebekah Yore

The transitional phase(s) to disaster recovery

My longitudinal research aims to concentrate on the transitional phase following a disaster that links the emergency relief period to the longer-term recovery process, with a focus on warning systems, mircroinsurance and temporary housing. It examines how warnings, financial protection and risk transfer mechanisms and temporary housing measures work, arguing that they should be considered synchronously as integrated social processes in order to not only better protect people in the short term, but to encourage less physical and social fragility to further shocks in the future.

Drawing on comparative case studies from the Caribbean and across the Philippines, at intervals over the course of three years, I demonstrate why the length of the transitional phase can vary, why seemingly effective warning systems still fail to protect populations, how context and subjectivity around emergency shelter and temporary housing make it so challenging to standardise, and why microinsurance remains so difficult to actually get right, despite leaps and bounds in contemporary innovations.


Tsioulou, A., Faure Walker, J., Lo, D. S. & Yore, R. (2020) A method for determining the suitability of schools as evacuation shelters and aid distribution hubs following disasters: case study from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Natural Hazards https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-020-04380-3