International conference on The Demography of Disasters: Implications for future policy on development and resilience

Date: 18 - 20 September 2013
Venue: Common Room, University House, Australian National University

As natural disasters impact inequitably on vulnerable populations around the world, disaster preparedness, recovery and reconstruction is increasingly being approached through the lens of integrated public policies on development, demographics, and disaster risk reduction. How the cross-cultural context influences disaster risk governance, and how new communities and families arise from the destruction will form the core dialogue for the papers from renowned international experts being presented at this conference.

Conference aims


Major speakers will include:

  • Professor Elizabeth Frankenberg, Duke University, North Carolina
  • Professor Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina
  • Professor Mark Pelling, King's College, London
  • Professor Douglas Paton, University of Tasmania
  • Professor Josifina Natividad, University of The Philippines
  • Professor Yang Chenggang, Population Research Institute, Chengdu, China
  • Professor Ken Miichi, Iwate Prefectural University, Japan.

Program, abstracts & biographies

Program (PDF 680KB)

Abstracts of papers (PDF 195KB)

Speaker biographies (PDF 52KB)

Conference Presentations

Day 1

Demography of Disaster Welcome Reception

Day 2

Professor Elizabeth Frankenberg, Cecep Sumantri, and Professor Duncan Thomas

Professor Mark Pelling

Professor Beverley Raphael

Mr Sudhir Kumar

Dr Tauhid Ibne Farid

Professor Douglas Paton, Professor Li-ju Jang, and Professor Li-wen Liu

Professor Cynthia Zayas

Professor Xia Mingfang

Professor Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi and Dr Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi (PDF 1MB)

Professor Tadjuddin Nur Effendi, Associate Professor (adjunct) Christopher Manning, and Aliza Hunt

Day 3

Associate Professor Cecilia De La Paz

Professor Ken Miichi

Professor Yang Chenggang

Dr Amir Askari

Associate Professor Zhou Kui

Dr Saw Saw

Dr Wawan Yulianto

Dr Kien Van Nguyen

Dr Min Nwe Tun

Professor Xie Yong-gang

Professor Josefina Natividad

Professor Zhongwei Zhao and Anna Reimondos

Associate Professor (adjunct) Helen James

If you would like to view more photos from the conference, please contact Henri Sitorus.


Registration is now closed. 

Registration fees (including GST)

Type of registration Registration

General registration


ANU staff $50
Students, unsalaried & retired $20
           - Conference dinner $30

Registration fee includes:

  • Conference welcome reception at University House on Wednesday18 September
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Lunches


Links to accommodation on campus and close to the ANU.


The conference is being convened in conjunction with the ARC funded discovery project on The Demography of Asian Disasters: Family Dynamics, Social Capital and Migration Patterns.




Dr Helen James
T: +61 2 6125 7607

Louise Sims
T: +61 2 6125 2307

Conference flyer (PDF 369 KB)

Photo:  Helen James. Collapsed school in China.

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