8th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition Toronto, June 1-2, 2017

Reconstruction and Recovery for Displaced Populations & Refugees


Conference Handbook & Program (Final)

Book of abstracts (Final)

Student Competition

Conference Program

Day 1: June 1


Plenary Session1

Room HNE 038


Welcome note by Ali Asgary, on behalf of the i-Rec local organizing committee

Welcome by Adriano Solis, Director, School of Administrative Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

 Kevin Dunbar, Deputy Director of Humanitarian Operations at CARE Canada

Promoting Safer Building:  Using science, technology, communications and humanitarian practice to support family and community self-recovery

Faten Kikano and Gonzalo Lizarralde

Settlement policies for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan: An Analysis of the benefits and drawbacks of organized camps

Coffee Break

10:00 – 10:30

Session 1:  Design for refugee spaces, refugee camps and temporary spaces 1

Chairs: Gonzalo Lizarralde & Georgia Cardosi

Room HNE 038


Sandra Carrasco and David O’Brien


 Gisella Calcagno and Roberto Bologna

 From emergency to integration?  The spatial controversy of reception centres

Aaron Opdyke and Amy Javernick-Will

Participation Pathways to Increased Social Capital in Humanitarian Shelter Projects


12:00 – 13:00

 Session 2: Vulnerability Reduction, Community Participation, the whole community (inclusive) and Coping Strategies in post disaster recovery and resettlement

Chairs:  Jason von Meding & Aaida Mamuji

Room HNE 038

13:00 – 14:30

 Stefania Arang & Benjamin Herazo & Gonzalo Lizarralde & Adriana Lopez

Vulnerability Reduction among Internally Displaced Populations Through Tactical Urbanism

 April Aryal & Suzanne Wilkinson & Alice Chang-Richards

Community Participation to Improve Disaster Recovery -An experience from Nepal Earthquake

Catherine Kenny

Planning for Whole-of-Society Resettlement: Exploring Resettlement Agencies’ Experiences Planning for Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Jack L. Rozdilsky

Learning about Social Polices and Coping Strategies for Forcibly Displaced Persons from the Montserrat Volcanic Crisis

Coffee Break


Session 3: Theoretical and socio-political issues of post-disaster reconstruction policies and planning

Chairs: Lee Bosher and Jack Rozdilsky

Room HNE 038


Oluwadunsin M. Ajulo & Jason Von Meding & Patrick Tang

Prioritising Transformation: Political, Social or Technological Transformation – which comes first?

Shaye Palagi & Amy Javernick-Will & Ali Mostafavi

Establishing a model of post-disaster risk reduction and relocation decision making

S. M. Amin Hosseini & Oriol Pons, Albert de la Fuente

Suitability of Different Decision-Making Method Applied for the Sustainable Post-Disaster Temporary Housing Analysing

Mahmood Fayazi & Gonzalo Lizarralde

The impact of relocation policies in different household groups – the case of Bam

Yan (Alice) Chang-Richards & Erica Seville,  & Suzanne Wilkinson & Bernard Walker

(presented by: April Aryal)

Effects of natural disasters on displaced workers

                    DAY 2: June 2, 2017

Plenary Session 2

Room HNE 038

8:30 – 10:00

Lee Bosher , Senior Lecturer, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, UK

The Man-made causes of disasters

Johnson, T. & von Meding,J. & Gajendran T.  & Forino, G.

Grievable Lives? Vulnerability among the Rohingya of Rakhine State, Myanmar

Liz Brogden

Sustainable Futures and the Process of Shelter and Settlements: A Design Theory Perspective

Coffee Break

10:00 – 10:30

 Session 4: Design for refugee spaces, refugee camps and temporary spaces 2

Chairs: Liz Brogden and Sandra Carrasco

Room HNE 038

10:30 – 12:00

Georgia Cardosi

Multilevel Informality: Spatial control and organization in the Toi Market in Kibera (Nairobi)

Kenji Koshiyama

Sheltering Status after 1 year of the Multiple Disaster in Fukushima

 Elizabeth English

Title: Amphibious retrofit: An alternative to flood-induced displacement

Ali Asgary & Adriano Solis & Jenaro Nosedal-Sanchez  & Hadi Rezvani

Simulating Forced Displacement: Case of Mosul

Teja Malladi & Garima Jain

(via Skype)

Lessons from Post Disaster Reconstruction in Odisha – A case of Odisha Disaster Recovery Project

Student Competition Results Announcement 

Room HNE 038

12:00- 12:30


12:30 to 13:30

Session 5: Climate change and conflicts induced displacement

Chairs: David Etkin and Elizabeth English

Room HNE 038


Chinh Luu & Jason Von Meding & Sittimont Kanjanabootra

Analysing flood fatalities in Vietnam using national disaster database from 1989 to 2015 and regression methods

Gonzalo Lizarralde & Benjamin Herazo & Lisa Bornstein & Danielle Labbé & Holmes Páez & Adriana Lopez & Andres Olivera & Hernan Ascui

Reinforcing bottom up initiatives for climate change adaptation in Latin America and the Caribbean


ICT and mobile applications for disaster risk and incremental housing; the case of NGOs in Rio de Janeiro

S. M. Amin Hosseini  & Oriol Pons, Albert de la Fuente

Considering the Sustainability of Post-Disaster housing: Limitations and Requirements

Coffee Break

14:45 to 15:00

Session 6: i-Rec Debate Session

Closing Session

Room HNE 038



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Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation (ADERSIM)


Disaster & Emergency Management Program


 The Centre for Refugee Studies, York University


Goals and Objectives

The main goal of i-Rec conferences is to contribute to disaster reconstruction and recovery knowledge and its applications in disaster impacted populations through inter-disciplinary research and information sharing with various stakeholders. The 2017 i-Rec conference seeks to understand how disaster recovery and reconstruction knowledge and practice can contribute to the recovery and reconstruction of displaced and refugee populations. In particular the conference seeks to push the boundaries of knowledge on recovery and reconstruction and develop new areas of inquiry that help to solve the complex problems related to forced displacement. The conference is expressly designed to bring researchers, practitioners, and policy makers together to collaborate in moving this critical issue forward, and to bring it to the attention of decision makers faced with the realities of forced displacement.



Conference Main Theme

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the total number of people forcibly displaced worldwide in 2015 reached a total of 65.3 million. An estimated 12.4 million of these were newly displaced in 2015 as a result of conflict or persecution. Many of these displaced populations may never be able to go back and rebuild their houses, communities, and businesses. Therefore, it is important that recovery and reconstruction professionals, researchers, and policy makers examine how displaced populations can rebuild their life in new locations and recover from disasters that have impacted their lives, livelihoods, and communities. Therefore, the main theme of this year’s symposium, ‘Reconstruction and Recovery for Displaced Populations and Refugees’ reflects the need to better understand the multidimensionality and complexity of population displacement and the role that reconstruction and recovery knowledge and practice can play in this regard.


Conference Tracks

Abstracts and session proposals are accepted for the main theme and the following tracks:
  • Recovery and reconstruction & forced displacement caused by wars, conflicts, climate change, development projects, and land speculation
  • Life, Livelihoods, Settlement and Space for internal and international displaced populations
  • Long term impacts and effects of displacement
  • Design for refugee spaces, refugee camps and temporary spaces
  • The first critical step in post disaster recovery and reconstruction
  • The whole community (inclusive) post disaster recovery and reconstruction
  • Recovery and reconstruction of cultural and historic sites and community spaces
  • Green reconstruction and indigenous architecture
  • Post disaster recovery and reconstruction experiences of businesses and firms
  • Learning from Canadian post disaster recovery and reconstruction experiences
  • Post-war and conflict housing reconstruction (refugee camps and temporary housing processes)
  • Post disaster monitoring, mapping, data mining (big data), modelling and simulation
  • Theoretical issues and models of post-disaster reconstruction policies and planning
Abstracts related to other areas of post disaster recovery and reconstructions are also welcomed.

Conference Program

Conference Program

Abstract Submission

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit 300-400 word abstracts, by February 15, 2017 to following the abstract format.
Abstracts and session proposals should include:
  • A short title
  • The name(s) and email(s) of author(s) or the panelists
  • Indication of the relevant track
  • Explanation of the state of the issue to be addressed
  • A clear explanation of the methods used or sources information
  • A clear explanation of the results found and their practical and/or theoretical implications
Abstract template can be found at: Abstract template
All abstracts will be reviewed by the i-Rec 2017 Scientific Committee and accepted abstracts will either be given a space in the programme for oral presentation or within a round-table session, or invited to submit a poster.
All accepted abstracts will be published on the i-Rec website.

 Full Paper Submission

All authors whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation are invited to provide an extended abstract or a FULL paper of maximum 7000 words to be published in i-Rec 2017 peer reviewed conference proceedings.  Please download the full paper template from here.  Full papers received by the deadline will be sent to reviewers who will be chairing the relevant presentation session as well.


Important Dates

Call for papers announced:  October 15, 2016
Abstract and Session proposal submission deadline: February 15, 2017

The formal abstract submission deadline has passed. For late submission please email:

Early bird registration opens: January 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance: March 5-March 10, 2017
Early bird registration ends, normal registration fees begin: April 15, 2017
Full paper submission and authors registration deadline: May 1, 2017
Early bird registration deadline: April 1, 2017
Conference dates: June 1-2, 2017


Registration for the I-Rec 2017 is now open. Registration includes breaks and lunches for the duration of the conference.

Registration fees are:

Early birds-before April 16: students (150 CAN $); Developing countries (200 CAN $), Developed countries (300 CAN $).

After April 16: students (200 CAN $); Developing countries (250 CAN $), Developed countries (350 CAN $).

A small registration fee is added to the above fees by Eventbrite.

To register please click here:

York University Organizing Committee

Dr. Ali Asgary (Chair),
Dr. Jenaro Nosedal-Sanchez (Co-Chair Program)
Alison Kingelin (Co-Chair Planning and Logistics)
Richard Karsseboom (Sponsorship & Exhibits)
Zhara Yazdizadeh (Communication)
Shichao Zhang (Program)



i-Rec 2017 Scientific Committee

Professor David Alexander
UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London
London, United Kingdom
Dr. Hakan Arslan
Associate Professor, Düzce University
Düzce , Turkey
Dr. Ali Asgary
Associate Professor
Disaster & Emergency Management, York University
Toronto, Canada
Dr Camillo Boano
Senior Lecturer
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London
London, United Kingdom
Professor Roberto Bologna
Director of the Master Degree in Architecture,
College of Architecture, University of Florence,
Florence, Italy
Dr Lee Bosher
Senior Lecturer
School of Civil and Building Engineering Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Dr. Jennifer Duyne Barenstein
Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the Built Environment (CASE)
ETH Zurich, Faculty of Architecture, Switzerland
Dr. Estella Carpi
Postdoctoral Fellow
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London
London, United Kingdom
Prof. Colin Davidson
Emeritus Professor of Architecture
School of Architecture, University of Montreal
Montreal, Canada
Professor David Etkin
Graduate Program Director, Disaster & Emergency Management, York University
Toronto, Canada
Professor Alireza Fallahi
Head of Reconstruction Research Department (RRD)
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University
Mahmood Fayazi
PhD Candidate
School of Architecture, University of Montreal
Montreal, Canada
Dr. Rohit Jigyasu
UNESCO Chair Professor
Research Centre for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan
Dr. Cassidy Johnson
Senior Lecturer
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London
London, United Kingdom
Dr. Sneha Krishnan
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
London, U.K.
Prof. Gonzalo Lizarralde
School of Architecture and Director of GRIF University of Montreal
Montreal, Canada
Professor Susan McGrath
School of Social Work & Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
Toronto, Canada
Dr. Niru Nirupama
Associate Professor
Disaster & Emergency Management, York University
Toronto, Canada
Dr. Mojtaba Rafieian
Associate Professor
Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Tarbiat Modares University
Tehran, Iran
Dr. Adriano O Solis
Director & Associate Professor
School of Administrative Studies, York University
Toronto, Canada
Dr. Jason von Meding
Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Newcastle, Australia
Professor Jianhong Wu
University Distinguished Research Professor & Canada Research Chair in Industrial & Applied Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University,
Toronto, Canada


About i-Rec

i-Rec is an international network focused on the study of reconstruction and recovery 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 400 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, London (UK), 2015. 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.
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The i-Rec Student Competition

Every two years, i-Rec organizes an international student competition of architectural and urban solutions for post-disaster reconstruction  and  disaster  prevention. Participating projects must address: architectural and urban design, logistics and process-related solutions. The students are therefore encouraged to think about both the products and the processes of intervention.
To participate visit:

Accommodation Information

Your University is located in the North West of Toronto.  There are a range of hotels, inns and motels available near the university and downtown that you can book through your booking system.

Examples include:

A. On-Campus Accommodations

1.Schulich Executive Centre.

Hotel style accommodation. You should book early if interested in staying inside the campus.

2. University residences

Short-term accommodations are available at York University, such as guest apartments and dormitory rooms and suites. Bachelor apartment (suitable for one person only), single bed: $89.27 per night; $357.08 per week; $948 per month.  One bedroom apartment, double bed: $111.87 per night, $447.48 per week. Two bedroom apartment, double bed + 2 single beds: $134.47 per night; $604.55 per week. Prices may change.

To find out more information and to make reservations, please visit:

Or email:

Example of hotels near York University

Prices obtained from  Based on single occupancy in a standard room. In choosing this we suggest that you make sure that they have public transit accessibility to York if you prefer not to use taxi.

Best Western Plus Toronto North York Hotel & Suites

50 Norfinch Drive, Toronto, ON


3.5 Stars.  Price: $106 - $140


Novotel Toronto North York

3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto, ON

Tel: 416 733 2929

3.5 Stars.  Price: $174 - $189

Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Vaughan

150 Interchange Way, Vaughan, ON


3 Stars.  Price: $157 - $171

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto-Vaughan

3201 Highway 7, Vaughan, ON


3 Stars.  Price: $132 - $144


Bed and Breakfast

North York BB (Bed & Breakfast)

41 Kenton Drive, Toronto, ON

Book through

Price: $53 - $66

C. Downtown Hotels

You can find a large number of choices of hotels in downtown Toronto if you are willing to commute to York University during the conference days. It will take around 1 hour by subway+bus to reach York University from downtown Toronto. You can use your hotel booking site of your choice to find out more about these.