SSE researcher supporting Nepal earthquake recovery
Erik Wetter, Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), is currently developing national mobility estimates for Nepal through a non-profit organization in an effort to assist government and UN agencies in the earthquake relieve effort.
“Understanding people’s movement after a disaster is key for government and relief agencies in order to provide relief supplies, shelter, food, and medicine to the right place,” says Erik Wetter who is also co-founder of the non-profit organization Flowminder.org.
The movement and the analyses from Flowminder.org are distributed through the WorldPop project, which provides open access to global demographic data that can be used to help tackle major challenges, including emergency response situations. The work is conducted in collaboration with SSE Corporate Partner TeliaSonera.
The analyses are being developed in dialogue with major agencies e.g. UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), International Office for Migrations (IOM) and the World Food Program (WFP). The results are being distributed via UN official channels to all agencies involved in the earthquake response.