Haorui Wu is a research affiliate at the Natural Hazards Center. He holds a bachelor's and masters degree in architecture, a PhD in social planning, and a PhD in international social work. His architecture-based interdisciplinary teaching, research, and emerging practice examine post-disaster reconstruction, recovery, and rehabilitation initiatives through the lens of environmental and social justice. He seeks to employ community-engaged architectural strategies to strengthen built environment social missions, build social capital, enhance holistic well-being, and advance community resiliency in the context of global climate change, disaster, and other world crises. His research consists of (1) empowering local resident leadership and supporting holistic well-being by advancing non-discriminatory civic engagement in community-based planning and architecture design; and (2) enhancing the humanitarian quality of post-disaster built environment to support community resiliency and sustainability.
Wu’s previous research at the Center focused on the development of two new platforms and corresponding networks—Social Science Extreme Events Reconnaissance (SSEER) and Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance (ISEEER). SSEER and ISEEER will help researchers respond to and overcome long-standing challenges to rapid research and identify new opportunities for the advancement of the hazards and disaster field. The ultimate vision for the work is to prepare individual researchers and interdisciplinary teams to carry out extreme events rapid reconnaissance research that is coordinated, comprehensive, coherent, ethical, and scientifically rigorous.