Geospatial Analysis of Disasters

Natural disasters and man-made catastrophes pose a serious threat to the stability and prosperity of countries and the well-being and lives of many individuals worldwide. Methodological advances and better availability of geospatial data are revolutionizing research on economic development after disasters and the allocation and effects of disaster relief and other forms of humanitarian aid. In order to spur this research agenda, we invite outstanding researchers to discuss how to use geospatial methods for measuring economic losses and recovery and other welfare indicators after disasters. Specifically, participants will work together to discuss and identify reliable, standard outcome measures of the welfare impacts of disasters at low levels of spatial and temporal aggregation.


This interdisciplinary workshop will be hosted by the Research Center of Distributional Conflict and Globalization in collaboration with the GIScience Group at Heidelberg University. Generous funding by AidData, the U.S. Global Development Lab powered by USAID and the German Research Foundation (DFG) is gratefully acknowledged. The workshop brings together researchers from economics, geography, computer science, political science, sociology, and other relevant disciplines. The goal of the workshop is to stimulate and advance the debate about reliable geospatial measures of the welfare impacts of emergency relief and to foster research collaborations.

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Dr. Andreas Fuchs/ Vera Z. Eichenauer
Alfred-Weber-Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Universität Heidelberg
Bergheimer Straße 58
69115 Heidelberg

Frau Ulrike Arnold
Tel.: +49 (0) 6221 54 2956

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