Journal article

Tacit networks, crucial care: Informal networks and disaster response in Nepal's 2015 Gorkha earthquake

Rocio Carrero, Michele Acuto, Asaf Tzachor, Niraj Subedi, Ben Campbell, Long Seng To



It is often reiterated that a better understanding of local networks and needs is key to risk reduction. Nevertheless, the crucial role of informal social networks and actors in the catering for human needs in disaster circumstances remains largely under-explored. If we have to rethink the ‘work’ that informality does for our understanding of urban areas, its contribution to resilience, and take it seriously in the ‘full spectrum of risk’ in urban and peri-urban centres, better and more balanced methods are needed. This paper attends to this gap. Examining the mechanisms of aid provision in the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal, it details an experimental set of quantitative r..

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Awarded by UK Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

Research for this grant has been funded under the UK Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) research grant 'Vaccinating the Nexus' (EP/N005961/1). The authors would like to thank the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London (UCL STEaPP) for additional funding, and the support of the 'Enhancing community resilience using renewable energy in Nepal' (also UCL STEaPP funded) project, including Professor Yacob Mulugetta at UCL, in enabling the fieldwork for this study.