Earthquake evacuation and response drill - Makati City, Philipinnes

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Pasfoto EzriWelcome,

Hi there, my name is Dr. Ezri Hayat. I am currently working as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK. I finished my PhD in Disaster Management and Infrastructure Reconstruction at the University of Salford in 2015. 

My interest to research and disaster management subject was instigated by my personal life history, having first hand experience and witness the impacts of one of the worst disasters ever recorded in recent history, the boxing day tsunami in 2004. I grew up in a city called Banda Aceh, located on the top of Sumatra island in Indonesia. In the boxing day 2004, the city was hit by an earthquake of 9.1 richter scale magnitude, followed by Tsunami waves which killed more than 300,000 worldwide. The magnitude of these events triggered an amazing outpouring of compassion and generosity from around the world. Hundreds of NGOs, donor organisations, private companies provided great amounts of support and pledged generously to help survivors. 

I then spent my early professional career time working with various international companies and donor organisation including GTZ, GHD, and UN-HABITAT for the reconstruction of earthquakes and tsunami affected areas, and several other post-disaster reconstruction projects in Indonesia. The issues and problems identified in the field, particularly with regards to how different organisations, including the governments, donors, and NGOs, plan, work and collaborate in post disaster reconstruction projects, encouraged me to investigate them further which eventually lead to me pursuing a PhD degree in Universit of Salford, UK. 

My thesis, entitled as ‘Evaluation of the Local Government Capacity in the Maintenance of Post-disaster Road Reconstruction Assets”, highlights the need to maximise the value of the investment made in the reconstruction of road infrastructure sector in a post-disaster context through evaluating the local governments’ road maintenance capacity. The research investigates how the local government maintain the road assets reconstructed during the tsunami reconstruction period, inherited from various donor organisations and NGOs, as well as the national government, as an effort to appraising the sustainability of the assets and  the value of the investment made in the reconstruction time. This research was cited in the UNISDR handbook for the local governments.

Prior to my PhD, I completed my master degree in Construction Management at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Trisakti University, Indonesia.

My research interests include disaster management, infrastructure reconstruction and international development. I am looking forward to the opportunity to have a joint collaboration with other researchers and professional from both the academia and the industry.