“From Strangers to Neighbors: Post-Disaster Resettlement and Community Development in Honduras”
Author Dr. Ryan Alaniz, Associate Professor, Sociology in Social Sciences in conversation with Dr. William Siembieda, CAED.
Dr. Ryan Alaniz, assistant professor in Sociology, will discuss his 2017 book, From Strangers to Neighbors: Resettlement and Community Development in Post-Disaster Honduras with Dr. William Siembieda, professor in City and Regional Planning. The discussion will take place on Friday February 9, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Kennedy Library, room 111H. There will be time for audience questions and light refreshments will be served. The event is part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series at Kennedy Library. Listen to podcasts of past conversations on SoundCloud.
About the Book
From Strangers to Neighbors explores multiple social outcomes of two Honduran resettlements built for survivors of Hurricane Mitch by two different NGOs. The two sites have had dramatically different outcomes in regard to crime, social cohesion and general social health, and using methods including household surveys, ethnography, and document analysis, Dr. Alaniz demonstrates that these disparate trajectories can be traced back to the type and quality of support provided by external organizations. His findings offer actionable strategies that can be applied in future resettlement policies and efforts.
About the Author
Ryan Alaniz is an assistant professor in sociology at Cal Poly and collaborates with various institutions including the United Nations University-Institute for Human and Environment Security and the Fullbright program. His fields include post-disaster recovery, community development, and community social health. A Cal Poly graduate, he received an MA from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Latin American and Iberian Studies, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota
About the Conversational Partner
William Siembieda is a professor in the City and Regional Planning Department, with particular expertise in disaster mitigation. He has served as a consultant in many Latin American countries and has also directly contributed to the State of California’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. In 2015-16 he was awarded Cal Poly’s Distinguished Scholarship Award for his notable and important work in this field.