The main goal of  the i-Rec conference series is to contribute to disaster reconstruction and recovery knowledge and its applications in disaster impacted populations through interdisciplinary research and information sharing with various stakeholders.

In the context of massive global challenges caused by rapid human development, the 2019 i-Rec will gather scholars, practitioners, journalists and artists around some of the most pressing but under-represented, misunderstood and divisive topics in disaster recovery and reconstruction.

This conference will break with traditional academic norms. It will feature interactive panels with a mixture of academic, media, activist and literary participants.


Instead of only academic papers, we also invite participants to opt to write in media communication style (the Conversation, openDemocracy, Counterpunch, IRIN, PreventionWeb etc.) in less than 1000 words. We also invite submissions in the form of art, poetry, music, stories and design practice.

The 9th International i-Rec will be hosted by the University of Florida (UF) and specifically by the recently founded Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER).

FIBER integrates disciplinary knowledge within the College of Design, Construction and Planning around the core theme of resilience. The institute also reaches out to the wider University of Florida community and beyond. 

We hope that you will join us in the Sunshine State for a "disruptive" conversation. 


Dr Jason von Meding, Dr Ksenia Chmutina, Dr Emmanuel Raju, Dr Giuseppe Forino
Conference Co-Chairs

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