Our global community faces multiple risks: the ongoing pandemic of COVID19 continues to wear away at our societies as climate change reshapes our weather and our coastlines. While many continue to envision disaster mitigation and crisis response in terms of physical infrastructure (seawalls, PPE, hardening buildings, etc), Aldrich instead focuses on the role of civic and social infrastructure: trust, horizontal, and vertical ties and the frameworks that build these resources. Using qualitative and quantitative data from shocks around the world, he will demonstrate the importance of social connections in helping people survive and thrive during shocks and disasters. The good news: social ties can be maintained and strengthened, creating communities resilient to shocks we cannot even imagine now.
An award winning author, Professor Daniel Aldrich has published five books including Building Resilience and Black Wave, more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, and written op-eds for the New York Times, CNN, HuffPost, and many other media outlets. He has spent more than 5 years in India, Japan, and Africa carrying out fieldwork and his work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Abe Foundation, and the Japan Foundation, among other institutions and was the 2021 Klein Lecturer at Northeastern University. He Tweets at @danielpaldrich
Professor Daniel Aldrich joined Committee for Sydney’s Director of Resilience Program, Sam Kernaghan, live from Boston on Wednesday 14 July 2021.