Sandra Carrasco is a CIFAL Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She received the prestigious McKenzie Fellowship for postdoctoral research at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Sandra holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Kyoto University, Japan where she completed her master and doctorate studies under the MEXT scholarship offered by the Japanese Government. Sandra is an architect graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism at Saint Augustine University, Peru. Her research interests include post-disaster reconstruction and community resilience, disaster risk reduction, housing transformation and the appropriateness of rebuilt settlements, incremental housing, informal settlements, governance and city planning, urban poverty, and migrant and refugee studies. She presented in several academic and non-academic conferences in Asia, Europe, Oceania and Latin America. Sandra’s teaching experience covers subjects in disaster management, environment, architecture, construction and urban studies delivered in English, Spanish and Japanese. Sandra has working experience in government, academic and non-profit sectors in Australia, Chile, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Nepal and Peru.