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Current and Upcoming Activities

  • Planning for Disaster-Induced Relocation of Communities,"  by Balakrishnan Balachandran, Robert B. Olshansky, and Laurie A. Johnson was published in the  Journal of the American Planning Association, in November 2021. Johnson and co-authors examined the dynamics of disaster-induced relocation processes through a conceptual framework consisting of five interrelated elements: 1) the natural science; 2) the risk decision; 3) the community’s relationship to place; 4) the relocation process, land, and money; and 5) the historical, social, and political context. This research draws from analyses of 53 cases of community relocation, including many that the authors directly researched or worked on. This framework is introduced as a way for planners to systematically approach the task of evaluating and implementing proposed disaster-induced relocations.

  • Analysis of Communities at Risk in the HayWired Scenario, by Laurie A. Johnson, Jamie L. Jones, Anne M. Wein, and Jeff A. Peters was published in 2021 as Chapter U of The HayWired Earthquake Scenario —Societal Consequences, Volume 3 of the U.S. Geological Survey's multi-year, multidisciplinary analysis of the potential hazards, impacts and consequences of a M7 earthquake on the Hayward fault in the San Francisco Bay Area. Johnson is a featured presenter at the HayWired Volume 3 Rollout, October 21, 2021, and the seminar "HayWired: Where is home after a large earthquake in the Bay Area?" held on June 30, 2021. Links to the YouTube videos for both presentations can be found here.

  • Laurie Johnson is the immediate Past-President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). EERI is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists devoted to earthquake risk reduction in the U.S. and around the world. Johnson has been an EERI member since 1990 and served on the Institute's Board of Directors from 2006  - 2009.

  • Laurie Johnson joined the Advisory Board to the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation in December 2019. The GEM Foundation is a non-profit, public-private partnership based in Pavia, Italy, working n to create a world that is resilient to earthquakes. GEM is a global collaboration to develop scientific and high-quality resources for transparent assessment of earthquake risk and to facilitate their application for risk management globally.​

  • In April 2019, Laurie Johnson was confirmed as a member of the Board of Trustees of EMI, an international not-for-profit scientific organization devoted to advancing the knowledge, policy, and practice of urban disaster risk reduction, particularly in megacities and fast-growing metropolises. EMI is based in the Philippines with work in many cities around the globe including Amman, Mumbai, and Dhaka.

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