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How Society Recovers | Professor Daniel Aldrich


The global epidemic of CORONA-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus, has crashed the healthcare systems and economies and daily life of billions of lives around the globe. Although we are still in the early stages of this global crisis, we can look at history to help gain an understanding of what the road to recovery will look like. Rabbi Dr. Daniel Aldrich has dedicated his career studying the impact of crisis on societies and the most important factors when both dealing with disaster and recovering from it.

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Aldrich completed his PhD at Harvard University and then held numerous positions in academia while providing invaluable guidance as a consultant for governments and nongovernmental organizations for many of the largest disasters of recent time. In this episode we visit with Rabbi Dr. Aldrich as he explains the various components of this crisis:

  • What to expect over the next six months to two years?

  • What are the key components to healthy recovery?

  • What does the data from other disasters suggest some of the greatest risks we face in this crisis?

  • What are the various roles of community, private sector firms and local, state and federal governments?

  • What can we do as individuals?

Together we can minimize the damage and suffering. The starting point is understanding what is going on, what to expect and how we can help.

Dr. Daniel Aldrich

Professor and Department Chair, Northeastern University

PhD, Harvard University

Daniel P. Aldrich is professor and director of the Security and Resilience Program at Northeastern University.

He has published four books, more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, and written op-eds for The New York Times, CNN, and Asahi Shinbun, along with appearing on popular media outlets such as CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, and HuffPost.

His research has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the Abe Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, and he has carried out more than five years of fieldwork in Japan, India, Africa, and the Gulf Coast.

For a list of publications visit Northeastern University’s website here.

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