Emel Ganapati

Location of experience:
Turkey; Haiti; Nepal

Type of disaster work:
Disaster recovery

Primary Interests:
Public participation; Social capital; Disaster governance; Social vulnerability; Resilience

I dedicated my career to giving voice to the often voiceless: those who are affected by disasters. My scholarly journey began in Golcuk, the epicenter of the 1999 Marmara earthquake in Turkey, and since has taken me to communities recovering from the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2005 Hurricane Katrina and the 2015 Nepal earthquake, among others. Time and time again, this journey has reiterated the importance of spending time with, listening to, and learning from the voiceless in my research endeavors. I am honored to serve in CADAN’S Advisory Board not only because CADAN is devoted to working with those who are affected by disasters but also with researchers, educators, policy makers and stakeholders from the non-profit and private sectors to make sure that they integrate cultural comprehension into disaster risk reduction and recovery.