A.J. (Angelo Jonas) Imperiale

Research

Research interests

My research focusses on the resilience and wellbeing of local communities living in vulnerable and disaster-prone regions. I investigate likely sustainable development strategies to enhance disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I research on how social change processes and past and ongoing development activities and impacts have contributed - and still contribute - to make these regions vulnerable and prone to disasters. I investigate the social dimensions of disasters, post-disaster interventions and sustainable development, with a specific focus on the agency of local communities living in vulnerable regions, their knowledge, their culture, their vulnerabilities and their capacities to learn and transform. I also investigate the failures of traditional top-down approaches, and research on likely more sustainable alternatives to enhance local community wellbeing and resilience. I explore the role Social Impact Assessment can have in post-disaster and development interventions to enhance social development outcomes, such as enhanced disaster risk reduction and resilience at the local community level and at all levels of society.

In my previous PhD research I focussed on local community resilience, DRR, preparedness, response, recovery, reconstruction, sustainable mountain development and the role of Social Impact Assessment to enhance DRR and resilience, before and after the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake (Abruzzo, Italy). Before my PhD, my previous role was as a social sciences consultant in L'Aquila, introducing Social Impact Assessment in reconstruction and sustainable mountain development projects. In 2015, I was awarded the Rita R. Hamm Impact Assessment Excellence Scholarship by the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and became a IAIA member.

Research interests

Cultural Geography, Applied Anthropology, Social Impact Assessment, Community Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals, Participatory Natural and Cultural Heritage Management.

Publications
  1. Reflections on the L'Aquila trial and the social dimensions of disaster risk

    Imperiale, A. J. & Vanclay, F., 28-Oct-2018, In : Disaster Prevention and Management.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Experiencing local community resilience in action: Learning from post-disaster communities

    Imperiale, A. J. & Vanclay, F., Oct-2016, In : Journal of Rural Studies. 47, p. 204-219 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Using Social Impact Assessment to Strengthen Community Resilience in Sustainable Rural Development in Mountain Areas

    Imperiale, A. J. & Vanclay, F., Nov-2016, In : Mountain research and development. 36, 4, p. 431-442 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Prizes
  1. Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship 2015

    Angelo Imperiale (Recipient), 22-Apr-2015

    Prize: Other distinctionAcademic

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Activities
  1. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017 (Royal Geographical Society)

    Angelo Jonas Imperiale (Speaker)
    31-Aug-2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

  2. NEEDS 2

    Angelo Imperiale (Participant)
    17-May-201719-May-2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

  3. IAIA 2017

    Angelo Jonas Imperiale (Speaker)
    5-Apr-2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

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