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Yan SongPI.  This research, funded by the National Science Foundation, will use the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake—which affected 46 million people in western China, caused over 88,000 deaths, and paralyzed the economy of a large part of Sichuan province—as a means to achieve two major objectives: Advance theoretical understanding of the process of post-disaster recovery management and develop a management framework for coordinating agencies within a three-tiered governmental structure in addressing recovery challenges of catastrophic disasters. The overall research question is: What are appropriate governmental roles and actions that ensure fast, equitable, efficient, and sustainable post-disaster recovery? The proposed research design includes: A qualitative review of the recovery planning and management strategies at national, provincial, and local levels following the Wenchuan earthquake; and a household survey to collect data on the effectiveness of the recovery policy outcomes. Researchers will evaluate the three governmental levels of recovery management according to the three overarching themes of vision, leadership, and resources, and to a create a set of seven recovery management practices. The research will be conducted by a multi-generational, bilingual team of investigators with extensive experience in researching and managing post-disaster recovery and reconstruction after catastrophic disasters, as well as strong expertise in Chinese urbanization, growth management and land use-policy. For more information contact Dr. Yan Song at