Disaster Medical Science Division
Disaster Medical Informatics Lab
Assistant Professor

Research Subject(s)
My research interests include developing cascading disaster risk management and governance, emergency response strategies, and strengthening disaster resilience at the local level.
Key Words
Cascading disaster / disaster medical / disaster resilience / disaster risk management / risk governance
Research Activities

Due to climate change, recent disaster trends show cascading effects with high uncertainty and interconnection. Natech (natural hazard triggering technological accidents) is a typical cascading disaster and affects wild areas, including nearby industrial facilities, local communities, and the ecology system. Managing Natech risks in the complex environment and society needs integrated risk management system involving intensive risk assessment, adaptable risk mapping, and effective risk communication with proactive multistakeholder participation. The research aims to improve and promote local disaster risk governance based on the lessons from previous Natech and cascading disasters to enhance local disaster resilience and reduce cascading disasters.

Selected Works

Park, H.-J., and Nam, K.-H. (2022). Lessons from aluminum and magnesium scraps fires and explosions: Case studies of metal recycling industry. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 80, 104872, doi: 10.1016/j.jlp.2022.104872

Park, H.-J., and Cruz, A.M. (2022). Insights on chemical and Natech risk management in Japan and South Korea: A review of current practices. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 13, 359-371, doi: 10.1007/s13753-022-00409-2

Yokomatsu, M., Park, H.-J., Kotani, H., and Ito, H. (2021). Designing the building space of a shopping street to use as a disaster evacuation shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case study in Kobe, Japan. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 102680, doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102680

Misuri, A., Cruz, A.M., Park, H.-J., Garnier, E., Ohtsu, N., Hokugo, H., Fujita, I, Aoki, S.-I., Cozzani, V. (2021). Technological Accidents Caused by Floods: The Case of the Saga Prefecture Oil Spill, Japan 2019. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 66, 102634, doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102634

Goltz, J.D., Park, H.-J., Quitoriano, V., Wald, D.J. (2020). Human Behavioral Response in the 2019 Ridgecrest, California, Earthquakes: Assessing Immediate Actions Based on Data from “Did You Feel It?”. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 110(4), 1589-1602, doi: 10.1785/0120200159