Riona McGrath

Riona Research
Without human beings, and human activities, hazards can strike but disasters cannot occur, they are not just natural phenomena but a social event (Van Der Zon, 2005). 
When addressing post-disaster recovery, measures must be in place to ensure that while aiming to meet reconstruction needs as rapidly as possible, the risk of re-occurring disaster impacts are reduced through both the physical structures and the capacity of the community who inhabit them. 
The research explores the need for reconstruction management strategies that recognise the significance of community based initiatives that focus on empowering local residents and maximising the effectiveness of all stakeholder contributions.  It is based on the principle that a community based approach to physical reconstruction could also address the social impacts of events that dramatically restrict long-term recovery.