Disaster Recovery and Build Back Better

By Prof. Ram Sateesh Pasupuleti, Prof. Subhojyothi Samaddar   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1359
The concept Build Back Better (BBB) proposes an integrated and holistic approach to post-disaster reconstruction and recovery in order to address the wide range of prevalent issues and ensure that the affected community is redeveloped in a resilient manner for the future. For a comprehensive understanding of the Build Back Better principles, it is valuable to analyze the complete list of propositions from all prominent studies and guidelines which depict effective post-disaster reconstruction and recovery. It is important to identify key areas of present research on and potential research gaps or future research needs for BBB.
The proposed online MOOC course on BBB introduces research concepts, best practices, project experience, field studies, direct observation, and critical research findings on following aspects of Build Back Better (BBB) in disaster recovery.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : B.Arch, Masters in disciplines of Architecture planning and Built Environment studies, PhD
PREREQUISITES : B.Arch/B.Plan 1st year completed
INDUSTRY SUPPORT   : National and International NGO’s, Humanitarian agencies, municipalities, corporations, village councils,disaster management agencies, Research Organizations
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction: Understanding Risk and Vulnerability; The road map of BBB.
Week 2 : Vulnerability mapping and culture at risk.
Week 3 : The organizational set up and the role of built environment professions in DRR.
Week 4 : Disaster risk reduction and pre-disaster planning.
Week 5 : Relief recovery and transition.
Week 6 : Post disaster reconstruction. 
Week 7 : Evaluating post reconstruction development.
Week 8 : Communication and participation for people  centered development.

Books and references

1. Michal Lyons, Theo Schilderman, Camillo Boano editors. Building back better. Delivering people-centered housing reconstruction at scale. Practical Action Publishing: Rugby; 2010.
2. Johnson.C. Creating an enabling environment for reducing disaster risk: Recent experience of regulatory frameworks for land, planning and building in low and middle-income countries. Global assessment report on disaster risk reduction. ISDR, April 2011.
3. Kuriakose B. Habitat mapping of Thrangambadi: a study of Tharangambadi village in connection with tsunami reconstruction project. Trivendrum, Kerala: South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS); 2006.
4. ISDR. Indigenous knowledge for disaster risk reduction: good practices and lessons learned from experiences in the Asia-Pacific Region; 2008. Available at: 〈http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/pub lications/3646〉. 
5. Jigyasu R. Reducing vulnerbaility through local knowledge: the case of India and Nepal. Doctoral research. Throendium, Norway: University of Norway; 2002. 
6. Johnson C. Strategic planning for temporary housing: 1999 earthquakes in Turkey. Montreal, Canada.University of Montreal; 2006.
7. Johnson C, et al. Truths and myths about community participation in post-disaster housing projects. Habitat International, 2007;31 (1):100–15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2006.08.003.

Instructor bio

Prof. Ram Sateesh Pasupuleti

IIT Roorkee
Dr. Ram Sateesh Pasupuleti is a registered architect in Sweden and India. He has attained his educational qualifications from most prestigious institutions- Doctorate from SABE University of Westminster, London, UK, M.A. in International Studies in Vernacular Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India. He has gained interesting working experiences from UK, Cyprus, Sweden and India. Such experiences across different working environments and geographies have endorsed his professional skills in trans-national education and research challenges and activities. His original quest of knowledge has contributed for designing culturally responsive environments in post disaster recovery in South Asian context. His research contributions have opened up interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research ideas involving vernacular architecture, urban design, sociology and cultural anthropology. He has been a lead person for thematic research group Adaptability in Attractive Built Environments at LTU Sweden. He was also (as deputy coordinator) coordinating Masters Course in Climate Sensitive urban planning and building at LTU. He has been a coordinator and also as organizing committee member for various National and international level symposiums, competitions, workshops and other intercultural activities.

Prof. Subhojyothi Samaddar

Prof. Subhojyoti Samaddar;Associate professor, Disaster Prevention Research institute, Kyoto university. Japan. His research interests are household preparedness behavior, disaster risk communication, risk governance and implementation science. He has an interdisciplinary academic background including PhD in disaster management from Kyoto University, Japan and Master of Planning from School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. He has been involved in different international research projects funded by JICA and JST on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. Dr. Samaddar has conducted in-depth field studies in different countries including India, Bangladesh, Japan, and Ghana under different disaster risk contexts. He is the recipient of international award Hazards 2000 in 2016. He is the secretariat member of GADRI (Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institute) and co-editing GADRI two book series on Build Back Better and Social Risk of Disaster. He has published several papers in premier international journals on disaster risk studies..

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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