Our Purpose

The primary purpose of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) is to work in close collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers and grassroots organizations in the United States of America and in all the continents of the world in their search for the most appropriate and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities after disasters. Examples of disasters are framed by bad governance and poverty, environmental pollution, HIV/AIDS, wars, conflicts, severe weather-related events, earthquakes, large-scale attacks on civilian populations, technological catastrophes, and influenza pandemics. Scholarship, service, consultancy, workshops and training, outreach and education as well as creative work are key components of CRSCAD’s mission. Indeed, CRSCAD has established an exceptional record of the integration of scholarship, teaching, and engagement.

Hence, the central focus of the center’s work is the creation of global partnerships for collaboratively finding solutions to the problems of human suffering arising after disasters as well as the production and dissemination of knowledge. We achieve this goal by organizing major international conferences which address communities’ vulnerabilities to environmental disasters, unsustainable planning, and development.

CRSCAD also offers distinctive graduate and professional development courses through the College of Advancing and Professional Studies. Course topics address vital issues from security threats to vulnerable populations after disasters.

Broad Strategic Objectives

Our central strategic objective is to improve the visibility and image of the center as one of the leading academic centers in the world addressing the issue of the effects of natural and man-made disasters on vulnerable populations, specifically children, women, the elderly, disabled people, and the poor. CRSCAD’s primary audiences include international and national organizations, government agencies, grassroots entities, academics, and the media.

We accomplish these objectives by: 

  • Relentlessly establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with government and non-governmental agencies and international organizations
  • Generating, publishing, and disseminating new knowledge in the field of post-disaster reconstruction
  • Seeking to work collaboratively with appropriate academic units in the University of Massachusetts Boston in order to promote our courses
  • Organizing major international conferences in order to generate new knowledge in the field, identify and disseminate best practices, and enhance the visibility of UMass Boston and CRSCAD locally, nationally, and globally in collaboration with major national and multilateral agencies and grassroots organizations
  • Actively participating in national and international professional meetings in order to advance the visibility and image of UMass Boston and CRSCAD
  • Presenting papers at key international academic conferences and workshops
  • Participating in local, national, and international initiatives on rebuilding post-disaster sustainable communities

Scope of Activities

The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

  • Focuses on the issue of creating safe communities after disasters for vulnerable populations, especially children, women, the elderly, people with disabilities, and the poor
  • Assists local, national, and international agencies as well as the victims of disasters to develop practical, sustainable, and long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental consequences of disasters
  • Provides expert advice and training to communities that have been devastated by disasters
  • Regularly hosts major conferences
  • Assists in building local capacity in the field of post-disaster reconstruction 

Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

Healey Library, 10th floor, Room 1
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393 USA