(Extended) Call for Papers on Resilient Compensation and Restitution for Post-Disaster Recovery in Asia and the Pacific

Conference date

30 Sep 2021




The impact of disasters, which disproportionately affect countries in Asia and the Pacific, can extend far beyond the immediate loss of life and destruction of property. Disasters can disrupt long-term social and economic development, with the well-being of the poor most at risk. The ‘build-back-better’ approach promotes post-disaster recovery and sustainable development by integrating vulnerability reduction into restitution efforts but can also have unintended consequences due to planning and management gaps.

In many cases, disaster resilience initiatives concentrate on physical infrastructure development and capital investment without sufficiently considering broader social and economic imperatives. This includes adaptive, less capital intensive mechanisms that address needs such as income and social support, physical and mental health, cultural sensitivities, and proper governance, which are particularly crucial for developing economies that may face greater resource limitations.

Within this context, the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the University of Melbourne, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat welcome the submission of original, unpublished papers that examine post-disaster rehabilitation policies and practices, with a focus on resilient compensation and restitution for advancing recovery in Asia and the Pacific.

Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Approaches for identifying the nature of public or private sector losses
- Assessment of responsibility for compensating individual or community losses
- Social and economic frameworks for addressing the long-term effects of disasters on individuals
- Mechanisms for loss compensation and reconstruction and their effectiveness
- Role of individual land and property ownership in post-disaster reconstruction
- Effectiveness of alternative approaches to restitution or compensation for land and property losses
- Adaptive mechanisms that developing countries in Asia have adopted to address the negative impacts of disasters—these could include examples such as private insurance of assets and livelihoods, leveraging social capital and networks, developing social and cultural infrastructure through government and non-government initiatives, and use of property values and property rights to incentivize individual resilience efforts
- Governance mechanisms to develop and support adaptive mechanisms
- Role of technology and big data in post-disaster reconstruction
- Review of disaster recovery tools

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit extended abstracts of at least 1,000 words in English via this link [https://www.adb.org/adbi/forms/call-for-papers/compensation-restitution-post-disaster-recovery-asia-pacific] no later than 16 August 2021. Please include a title, author names and affiliations, contact information, an introduction, literature review, and methodology and data overview. We will notify the acceptance of abstracts by 23 August 2021.

Submissions from researchers who are citizens of Asian Development Bank developing member countries [https://www.adb.org/about/members] are encouraged. Early submissions are preferred.

All extended abstracts must contain only original work that has not been published, nor currently under review.

Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 15 September 2021 and invited to a virtual paper development workshop in November 2021.

Full papers should comply with the Submission Guidelines for ADBI Publications [https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/page/436131/adbi-author-submission-guidelines.pdf] and be submitted via the above link by 15 December 2021.

Project Organizing Committee

- Peter Morgan, ADBI
- Piyush Tiwari, University of Melbourne
- Riyanti Djalante, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat
- Charlotte Benson, Asian Development Bank
- KE Seetha Ram, ADBI
- Ma. Laarni Revilla, ADBI


Inquiries may be directed to Ma. Laarni Revilla (mlrevilla@adbi.org).