Upcoming Events

Each year, the CCDR plans many events which seek to educate, spark lively discussion, and build community.  On this page, we list our upcoming events and sincerely hope that you will consider attending a seminar, lecture, mixer, or other Centre event in the near future.  

Centre for Community Disaster Research presents Resilient Calgary

Tuesday, May 16th | 3:00 PM  - 9:00 PM

Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University

Local and international speakers come together to deliver a series of short, thought-provoking talks related to disaster and resilience. This event is free to attend and will explore compelling topics designed to provide those involved in disaster recovery and those who have been personally affected, engaging, expert insight into the unique and often devastating results of experiencing a natural disaster. 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University. Doors open at 2:30 PM.


The Social Costs of Hydraulic Fracturing in Southern Alberta

Friday February 3rd, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Room T141

Please join us for a seminar hosted by the CCDR with one of our amazing faculty affiliates, Debra Davidson. Her talk is entitled "The Social Costs of Hydraulic Fracturing in Southern Alberta”.

Debra is coming from out of town so I hope you can join us in giving her a warm welcome, plus there will be snacks!  Thank you all so much for your continued support of the Centre. See you all next Friday!

Evacuating Family Pets from the Fort McMurray Wildfire: Process, Politics & People

Friday November 25th, 2016 at 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Room T141

Join us for Dr. Kim Williams discussion on Friday November 25, 2016 at 12:30 – 1:30 PM in Room T141

Disaster Depictions and the Effect on Post Secondary Students

Friday December 9th, 2016 at 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Room T141

Join us for Dr. Pat Kostouros discussion on Friday December 9, 2016 at 10:30 – 11:30 AM in Room T141 

Recent Highlights 

Guest Lecture: Now Where Are We Supposed To Live? How Natural Disasters Make Housing Inaccessible


Jeannie Haubert is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She studies racial and ethnic relations, social inequality, disasters, and immigration. Dr. Haubert earned her Ph.D at Tulane University in New Orleans in 2007. She is the sole editor of “Rethinking Disaster Recovery:A Hurricane Katrina Retrospective” published in February of 2015. Beyond her book, Dr. Haubert has published journal articles on attitudes toward immigrants in International Migration Review, on race-based housing discrimination in Organization and the Environment, and on international service learning in Humanity and Society. She has also contributed several chapters to edited volumes on housing discrimination following disasters and neoliberal urban revitalization strategies. Her current research involves comparative case studies of housing access following natural disasters with a particular focus on how historically marginalized groups are affected.


Guest Lecture: Were the Women Washed Away? The Gender of Vulnerability and Resiliency in Disaster


The days following Hurricane Katrina revealed to the public a stark divide in terms of vulnerability and risk to disaster. Photos of the most desperate people seeking refuge at New Orleans’ Superdome, a shelter of last resort, highlighted poor African Americans as least able to escape the floodwaters and all that followed.

Gender is also an important variable shaping experiences of disaster; yet scholars often overlook the ways gender impacts both personal and group risks. Women face unique challenges in disaster preparedness, evacuation, and recovery. Poor women of color,especially single-mothers, have special needs that are not considered by emergency response organizations, leaving women and their kin to face higher rates of domestic and sexual violence, reproductive and prenatal health complications, and loss of social networks important for everyday survival.

Kristen Barber talked about these and other issues women faced during Hurricane Katrina, advocating for disaster scholarship that both is gender sensitive and takes an intersectional approach to examining risk and resiliency.

Past Events

CCDR looks for every opportunity to bring the disaster relief community together to discuss idea, share knowledge, and collaborate on projects.

Check out some of our past events