Special Lecture on October 7, 2014

Collaborative Leadership in Post‐Disaster Recovery: Case Study of Christchurch, New Zealand


The Blume Earthquake Engineering Center and the EERI Northern California Chapter are pleased to host the special lecture Collaborative Leadership in Post‐Disaster Recovery: Case Study of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Date: Tuesday October 7, 2014, 4:30pm.
Location: Tresidder Union, Oak Room West, Stanford University. (Map)

This presentation explores key themes in post-disaster recovery leadership such as articulating a vision, crisis as a leadership crucible, balancing multiple agenda, communicating in recovery and the importance of broad leadership models. These themes are illustrated through a case study of Christchurch’s post-disaster collaborative recovery model (The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team – SCIRT). This model was designed by engineers, community engagement and organizational specialists to meet the massive infrastructure challenges of the Christchurch rebuild. The experiences of SCIRT offer lessons for establishing post-disaster collaborative models that are transferable to other contexts and sectors and offer insights into the prearrangements, skills and relationships that engineers need to build prior to a disaster that will enhance their leadership post-disaster.


Elizabeth McNaughton, Director of Strategy and Governement Relations – New Zealand Red Cross
Elizabeth is experienced in emergency management, risk reduction and recovery, and led the New Zealand Red Cross Christchurch recovery programme. In 2012 Elizabeth was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study the leadership challenges faced by those in post-disaster recovery decision-making roles.

Duncan Gibb, General Manager of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT)
In 2013, Duncan was made an honorary Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) and appointed as the 10th Brunel International Lecturer. Since 9 May 2011 Duncan Gibb has been General Manager of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT).

More details at blume.stanford.edu or contact racquelh@stanford.edu

View or download the program flyer (PDF) here.

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