What does it really mean to reconstruct after a natural, biological or man-made disaster? Is the repair and reinstatement of buildings and infrastructure sufficient without the mending of social fabric? We believe that the true measure of successful reconstruction should be societal. After all a city without people is no city at all.

Invisible Reconstruction

Cross disciplinary responses to natural, biological and man-made disaster

This forthcoming publication in the UCL Press Fringe Series, explores different strategies for education, preparation and societal rebuilding in a worldwide context and across different typologies of disaster. Looking at approaches to the global challenges of inequality and educational poverty, it investigates the disproportionate impact of disaster on the marginalised and economically underprivileged, from children and the elderly to the physically impaired, as well as on refugees and migrants.


Invisible Reconstruction is an interdisciplinary and international initiative aimed at provoking policy change through the entire cycle of disaster from preparedness, through response and to repair, using the instruments of engagement, education and participation to reduce risk, increase institutional transparency and improve outcomes. Our goals are to change how recovery is measured and to promote awareness of the benefits of building resilience through before-the-event action.

Project Initiators

Dr Lucia Patrizio Gunning, UCL.
Prof. Paola Rizzi, UNISS.
Prof. Antonella Nuzzaci, University of Messina.


1 September 2021

Cross disciplinary responses to disaster and approaches to sustainable resilience.

This international and interdisciplinary conference, was held online in the 10th anniversary year of the Great East Japan Earthquake and on the anniversary of the 1923 Kanto earthquake. It focussed on approaches to preparedness and prevention, and on the invisible, intangible processes of societal mending required following man-made, natural and biological disaster.

Conference Web Page

Invisible Reconstruction seeks the exchange of global knowledge and experiences to change current thinking on disaster preparedness and recovery and promote best practices that understand the fundamental role and lasting benefit of reinforcing and repairing the intangible threads that create societies.