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Chair in the Economics of Disasters

The Chair in the Economics of Disasters focuses on the research & application of economic insights and analyses to the management of disasters & climate change

Professor Ilan Noy, Chair in the Economics of Disasters
Professor Ilan Noy, Chair in the Economics of Disasters

The Chair in the Economics of Disasters was established in July 2013 with sponsorship from Victoria University of Wellington, the Earthquake Commission and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The focus of the Chair is on the research and application of economic insights and analyses to the management of natural and other disasters, and the risks of climatic change.

This need for such analysis was clearly demonstrated close to home after the Canterbury earthquake sequence of 2010-2011, but more recently by the East Japan tsunami and nuclear disaster of 2011, Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in the United States in 2017, the Nepal Earthquake in 2015, as well as health-related disasters such as the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014.

The work under the Chair in the Economics of Disasters also aims to fill a gap in preparedness of the public, private, and academic sectors in the face of future risks attributable to climate change.

Located in the School of Economics and Finance, the holder of the Chair is Professor Ilan Noy.  Ilan is a Professor of Economics at Victoria University of Wellington.

View Professor Noy's Curriculum Vitae.