Song, Yan, Chaosu Li, Robert Olshansky, Yang Zhang, and Yu Xiao, “Are We Planning for Sustainable Disaster Recovery? Evaluating Recovery Plans after the Wenchuan Earthquake,” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60(12):2192-2216, 2017.
Robert B. Olshansky, Ph.D., FAICP, is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he taught for 28 years. His teaching and research have covered land use and environmental planning, with an emphasis on planning for natural hazards. He has published extensively on post-disaster recovery planning, community relocation following disasters, planning and policy for earthquake risks, hillside planning and landslide policy, and environmental impact assessment.
Over the past decade, Professor Olshansky has given over 35 invitational and keynote lectures throughout the US, Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan, India, and Indonesia. In 2015-16, he was selected as the Distinguished Lecturer for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and he has taken several leadership roles with the American Planning Association (APA), including chair of the FAICP selection committee, member of the national awards jury, and member of the editorial board of the APA Journal.
His current research focuses on the process of community relocation in response to natural hazards, and he is researching scores of such cases in North America and Asia. He has been working with the Center for a New Economy regarding recovery and relocation issues in Puerto Rico, and he is leading an Earthquake Engineering Research Institute team to investigate post-tsunami relocation in Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Currently located in the San Francisco Bay area, he has given numerous guest lectures at area universities, and he is a member of the Tsunami Technical Advisory Panel for the California Geological Survey.