Rebuilding Queensland After the Floods


Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 4:15pm to 5:30pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA

Ed Blakely, University of Sydney

About the Seminar
As 2010 drew to a close, flood waters were washing across much of the state of Queensland, Australia. By the time they had subsided, they had affected an area larger than France and Germany combined, killed dozens of residents, and inflicted serious damage on remote towns and major cities alike. Just a month later, Cyclone Yasi smashed into north Queensland, straining resources and compounding the suffering already experienced across the state. In this talk, Dr. Blakely will draw upon lessons learned from post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans to explore the challenges that lie ahead as Australia looks to rebuild the flood- and storm-ravaged state. Refreshments will be provided.

About the Speaker
A leading scholar and practitioner of urban policy, Dr. Blakely served from 2007 to 2009 as executive director of New Orleans’ Office of Recovery and Development Administration. He also led recovery planning efforts in Oakland, California following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. He is currently Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the University of Sydney.