Dr Earl Tyson VAUGHAN
Designation : Postdoctoral Fellow
Office : 09-03B
Telephone : 6601 2341
Status : Former Staff

Dr Earl Tyson Vaughan is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in his first year, in the Asian Urbanisms Cluster. He was appointed on 14 January 2014.

Dr Vaughan holds a PhD in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University and a BA from Stanford University. His research interests revolve around urban planning for post-disaster recovery and disaster risk reduction, community (re-)building, and public engagement with techno-scientific knowledge, experts, artifacts and institutions. His dissertation is an ethnographic, socio-historical study of community-based participatory recovery planning (PRP) in Japan from the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Kobe through ongoing activities in the tsunami-devastated areas of the Sanriku coast in Tōhoku. Other projects have included research on post-Katrina PRP in New Orleans, ethnographic fieldwork on industrial mercury pollution in Minamata, Japan, and an investigation of "citizen science" as a site for collaborative "lay-expert" knowledge production.

Brief Write-Up on Proposed Work

At ARI, Dr Vaughan is helping to build a center of global expertise on Disaster Governance in urbanizing Asia, through his research as well as through institution-building activities. He is extending his research on participatory recovery planning in post-tsunami Japan, and he is reworking his dissertation into a book, to be published with the Inside Technology Series from MIT Press. In addition, Dr Vaughan is contributing a paper on historical and contemporary flood risk management in Japan, presented at ARI’s conference on “Governing Flooding in Asia’s Urban Transition,” to a special issue of Pacific Affairs.