Call for abstracts! Session 306 "Communities on the move: understanding resettlement processes after a disaster"

We invite you to join our session 306 "Communities on the move: understanding resettlement processes after a disaster", part of "Theme 3: Volcanoes and their social, cultural, and political context" of Cities on Volcanoes 12. The conference will be in Antigua Guatemala, on 11 Feb – 17 Feb, 2024.

Updated Abstract Deadline for submitting abstracts: 11 October 2023

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Session information: 306 "Communities on the move: understanding resettlement processes after a disaster"

After disasters, some affected communities are resettled in new places. This can happen because their original homes were destroyed or the original location is deemed an unsafe place to live. Sometimes communities move together, while for others, resettlement is a piecemeal process that disperses them and fractures social cohesion. The conditions of the resettlement processes are often determined by those leading infrastructure development, but community agency, advocacy and forms of resistance are important for communities to secure better living conditions for themselves. For this session, we call for presentations on all aspects of resettlement processes. We are interested in questioning how resettlements can facilitate appropriate recovery conditions for communities in the short- and long-term, and what it means for these communities to “start over again”. We invite contributions that discuss the social, cultural, environmental and political contexts and specificities, which aid or hinder these processes, and the complex challenges that both communities and other decision-makers face in these situations. We welcome presentations on the lessons learnt in resettlement processes from around the world, and from different temporalities – from emergency shelters (which often extend in time) to permanent resettlements. For some communities, relocation means having better access to services and infrastructure, often in urban areas, but also being displaced from their land, livelihoods and culture. We want to learn from processes that accounted for these aspects, and from those that only provided housing solutions. How are these processes contributing (or not) to community wellbeing? We invite perspectives from grassroots initiatives as well as from government, international cooperation, and civil society organisations’ projects, to ask how they might inform each other. Finally, we welcome contributions on cases of communities that have returned to the areas at risk and of those who move between safe and unsafe spaces in their everyday life.

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On behalf of co-conveners,

Ana Cabrera Pacheco, Carlos Alfredo Puac, Lisa MacKenzie

Contact: ana.cabrera-pacheco(a)

Many thanks,


Ana J. Cabrera Pacheco

PDRA - Ixchel
School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh