About Shigeo Tatsuki


Ph.D. (Toronto)

Major fields of interests

He has conducted community-based participatory disaster research on societal/community responses to people with functional needs after 1995 Kobe Earthquake, 2001 Geiyo Earthquake in Hiroshima, 2004 Typhoon 23 floods in Northern Hyogo, 2004 Niigata-Chuetsu Earthquake, 2007 Noto Peninsula Earthquake, and most recently 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE).  Based on these research findings, he has been actively involved in GIS mapping of PWD, community-based initiatives to form neighborhood disaster response networks in Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga areas, and the post-GEJE advocacy work for Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction.

Professional activities

As a member of the Cabinet Office committee on People with Special Needs in Disasters he was involved in the Cabinet Office publications/revisions of gEvacuation/Sheltering Assistance Guideline for People with Special Needs in Times of Disasters (Fy2005, Fy2006 & Fy2009).  He also served for local municipalities (Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohama, and Amagasaki) as well as for prefectural governments (Tokyo, Shiga, Nara, Ishikawa, Toyama, Okayama, Kagawa) designing community-based collaborative preparedness plans for evacuation and sheltering assistance of PWD.


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