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Associate Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University

Elizabeth Maly is an Associate Professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University, in Sendai, Japan.

With the theme of people-centered housing recovery, her research interests are community-based housing recovery and provision methods of transitional and permanent housing within the reconstruction processes--including policy, process, and housing form--that support successful life recovery for disaster-affected people. Past and current research focuses on the experiences of people affected by disasters, and the roles of government and NGOs in the processes of housing reconstruction and resettlement after disasters in the U.S.A, Indonesia, Philippines, and Japan.

In the past, she has worked as a researcher at the Disaster Reduction Institute (DRI) in Kobe, and the International Recovery Platform (IRP) in Kobe. She received a B.A. in Art from Reed College, Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington-Seattle, and PhD in Architecture from Kobe University.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Tohoku University


  • 2013 
    Kobe University, PhD, Architecture