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Current and Upcoming Activities

  • The Edward Wenk, Jr. Endowed Lectureship in Technology and Public Policy at the University of Washington was made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Edward Wenk, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and science policy adviser to the U.S. Congress and three presidents. Laurie Johnson will be giving the 2019 Wenk lecture on October 29th. Her topic is Rebuilding for resilience - Disaster experience informs future recovery efforts.

  • Swinerton Builders are hosting "Shake, Rattle and Roll - A discussion about Bay Area resiliency" on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm at the Asian Art Museum. Laurie Johnson is one of the invited panel for that important discussion being held on the date and time of the Loma Prieta earthquake thirty years ago.

  • Laurie Johnson is the 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 reducing potential earthquake losses by (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes. Johnson has been an EERI member since 1990 and served on the Institute's Board of Directors from 2006  - 2009.

Recent Activities

  • The Canterbury Earthquakes Symposium, jointly hosted by the New Zealand Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Christchurch City Council, was held on November 29-30, 2018 at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. The purpose of the domestically-focused symposium was to share lessons with national and local leaders across the country so that New Zealand as a whole can be better prepared in future disasters. Laurie Johnson was invited to provide an international perspective in her keynote address, Reflections on recovery: The Canterbury earthquakes within the context of other major disasters. Press coverage of the event and Johnson's comments can be found here: "Rebuild cities fast but not hastily, disaster expert says," and "Looking for the lessons, earthquake symposium has messages for the country."

  • Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) bestows upon a member. Laurie Johnson was inducted into the 2018 Class of the AICP College of Fellows at the National Planning Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her nomination came from the Women and Planning division of the American Planning Association for her significant contributions in helping planners and communities address the complex urban challenges posed by natural disasters and changing climates.

  • The 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering was held June 25-29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. This year's theme was "Integrating earthquake science, engineering and policy" and Laurie Johnson was co-chair and moderator of the policy theme sessions on Friday, June 29th. She also spoke about some of her work at sessions on innovations in the HayWired scenario development effort and seismic resiliency assessments of urban regions and lifelines, as well as the closing session of the 5-day conference to help digest new insights and lessons learned over the course of the meeting.

  • Laurie Johnson was invited to provide the opening keynote address at the Sonoma County Rises Summit on Equity, Recovery and Resilience on  June 4, 2018 to share lessons and best practices to support the communities' recovery following the 2017 wildfires. Local public radio station KRCB's covered her talk in these podcast reports, "Disaster Expert Emphasizes Equity, Community in Recovery from Fires" and "How Katrina and NZ quakes changed response to disasters like the Sonoma Fires."  

  • The HayWired scenario examines the science, impacts and consequences of a major earthquake sequence striking the San Francisco Bay Area's people, utilities, roads and economy, starting with a hypothetical magnitude-7.0 earthquake striking on the Hayward Fault on April 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm. Laurie Johnson has been a member of the multi-disciplinary team of scientists, led by the U.S. Geological Survey, developing the scenario. Her work examines the potential population displacement and long-term housing and community recovery challenges that could result from such a disaster and will be part of Volume 3 of the scenario released in October 2018. She was a featured speaker at the press conference releasing Volume 2 of the scenario held on April 18th at U.C. Berkeley's stadium atop the Hayward fault and she authored a post for the SPUR blog: "The HayWired Earthquake Scenario: How We Can Outsmart Disaster."

  • Laurie Johnson and Rob Olshansky are interviewed by Christopher Swope about their recently-published book, After Great Disasters: An In-depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery, in the July 26, 2017 blog post of Citiscope: Lessons from the aftermath: What 6 countries can tell us about how to recover from disaster.

  • The World Reconstruction Conference 3 was held in Brussels, Belgium, June 6-8, 2017. Laurie Johnson was an invited speaker and panelist on "Large Scale Housing Reconstruction – Latest Examples," looking at best practices and lessons learned from the six country disaster cases covered in her recent book, After Great Disasters (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2017).

  • Laurie Johnson has been invited to serve as the international advisor to the Technical and Community Advisory Group for the development of the draft Ōtākaro/Avon River Regeneration Plan. The advisory group acts as a sounding board and discussion forum to support Regenerate Christchurch in its regeneration planning for the post-earthquake residential buyout area along the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Following the M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake that struck New Zealand on November 14, 2016, Laurie Johnson was a member of the Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance (GEER) team traveling to New Zealand. She focused her investigations on the socio-economic and community-scale impacts caused by faulting, landsliding, and other geotechnical effects of the earthquake. The GEER event reconnaissance report is available at www.geerassociation.org.