Kanako Iuchi joined the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University in 2013 as an associate professor. Her areas of expertise include disaster management planning, urban and regional planning, and community development in international settings. Before joining IRIDeS, she worked as an urban specialist at the World Bank and an international development planner and researcher with bi- and multi-lateral organizations; national, regional, and local governments; and communities in more than 10 countries across East and South Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe. She holds a bachelor's degree from Tsukuba University, a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in urban and regional planning. Her primary research interest is understanding better planning tools and procedures for resettlement after disasters, and she is currently exploring the theme in different settings including Japan, Indonesia, Philippines and the United States.