Ryan Alaniz

Location of experience:
Central America; California

Type of disaster work:
Disaster recovery; Resettlement; Community; Drought

Primary Interests:

Disaster Recovery; Displacement and resettlement; Community; Social change

Through my work with long-term disaster resettlements, I have repeatedly found that the social/cultural dimensions of recovery are rarely implemented as a critical and necessary outcome for future success.  Infrastructure, housing, water, and livelihoods are, of course, vital; additionally, building “community” empowers survivors to sustain a healthy environment once the organizations leave and the cameras are gone. CADAN recognizes this need and locates cultural and social issues at the center of disaster recovery.  It also maintains a normative commitment to utilize academic knowledge to support organizations and institutions addressing the critical challenges in situ.