Measuring housing wellbeing for
disaster victims in Japan and India
Citation: Piyush Tiwari, Jyoti Shukla, Norifumi Yukutake, Anjana Purkayastha (2022). Measuring housing wellbeing for disaster victims in Japan and India: A capability approach.
London: Property Research Trust
The threat of disaster has been a constant feature of human history, but never has it been more widespread and worrying than it is today, as a result of global warming. The need to identify the best ways to recovery from disasters is correspondingly great. A major element of that is thinking through how to restore people’s homes and communities following events such as earthquakes, floods and fires, to allow residents to rebuild their lives. But sometimes the rebuilding can be done in ways which, however well intentioned, create their own problems. I am therefore delighted that the Property Research Trust is publishing this report that sets out a framework for thinking through the appropriate factors to consider in designing and implementing post-disaster housing strategies. Based on empirical research undertaken in Japan and India—two very different nations, both of which often face daunting disasters—this report offers guidance to policy makers in governments and non-governmental organisations around the world. I am grateful to the distinguished team of academics who undertook the research and who have written this report. I hope it will make a contribution towards a more humane approach to post-disaster recovery planning.
Keywords: Housing wellbeing, Japan, India, neighbourhood security, personal, familial, financial.