Catastrophe in Context: Household Recoveries from the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 4:00pm to Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:30pm

Institute for Asian Studies presents

Catastrophe in Context: Household Recoveries from the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes
Jeremy Spoon, Ph.D.- Associate Professor, Anthropology Department, Portland State University


DATE: Tuesday, May 8th 2018

TIME: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

LOCATION: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union Rm 294


Open and Free to public


The 2015 Nepal earthquakes had catastrophic impacts on the lives and property of Himalayan peoples. This study focuses on four settlements in two of the hardest hit districts with differing access, aid, and populations. We randomly selected 400 households in these locations and conducted two ten-week research phases at nine months and 1.5 years after the earthquakes. Using household surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus groups, we assessed the roles of hazard exposure, livelihood diversity, institutional context, connectivity, and social memory in the recovery process.

Employing multivariate statistics and content analysis, our study found that accessibility, hazard exposure, and livelihood diversity were the strongest drivers of recovery outcomes. We then triangulated our results in a series of local and national research return workshops with the study participants and key consultants 2.5 years after the earthquakes. Our findings can assist policymakers, practitioners, academics, and other stakeholders to better understand the dynamics of natural disaster recovery in rural mountain communities in Nepal, the Himalaya, and beyond.

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 About the speak:
Jeremy Spoon is an associate professor in the department of Anthropology at Portland State University. Dr. Spoon's research focuses on indigenous ecological knowledge inside and around mountainous protected areas in the Nepalese Himalaya and the Western United States. He also recently initiated a new project on social-ecological transitions after natural disasters in mountain ecosystems. In all of these projects, he utilizes collaborative methods and applies research findings to tangible projects created in participatory ways.


Sponsored by the
PSU Institute for Asian Studies
PSU Department of Anthropology 


Nepalese Student Group
Nepal Association of Oregon 
For more information, contact:
The PSU Institute for Asian Studies
Tel. 503-725-8576