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Doctoral Student
Nationality
Philippines
Date of Enrolment
October 1, 2015
Primary Advisor
Motoharu Onuki
Biography
Lau is a proud Filipina with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a 3-year working experience in fields of investment banking and international development consultancy.

She recently graduated in September 2015 with a master's degree in Sustainability Science from the University of Tokyo, where she studied the process of post-disaster housing reconstruction in the Philippines. She first became interested in disaster recovery when, as a member of several student and non-government organizations in the Philippines, she was able to gain first-hand experiences of the dire state of poor communities post-disaster.

Now, she is pursuing her PhD studied under the same program. She hopes to learn more about how communities living on small islands are rebuilding their homes and recovering their lives after suffering from earthquake-induced land subsidence. In doing so, she will be able to tackle both the areas of disaster risk management and climate change, particularly adaptation to relative sea-level rise. By identifying evidence-based adaptation strategies, she looks forward to contributing to the debate on climate-induced mass migration which is currently happening mostly on the conceptual level only.

During her free time, Lau loves to sing and play the guitar.
Research Title
PhD study (tentative): Rethinking Adaptation Strategies for Sea Level Rise: Case of barrier islands in Bohol, Philippines

Master's study: Reevaluating the relevance of community participation in post-disaster housing recovery programs in the Philippines
Reserch Keywords
Climate change adaptation, sea level rise, small island states

Disaster recovery, permanent shelter, community participation, build back better
Research Interests
Disaster risk management and climate change adaptation
Publications
Jamero, Ma. Laurice, Miguel Esteban, Motoharu Onuki. “Coping with sea-level rise: Insights from a small island experiencing earthquake-induced land subsidence.” International Journal of Sustainable Future for Human Security (2015). [under review]

Ong, James, Ma. Laurice Jamero, Miguel Esteban, Riki Honda, Motoharu Onuki. “Challenges in Build-Back-Better Housing Reconstruction Programs for Coastal Disaster Management: Case of Tacloban City, Philippines.” Coastal Engineering Journal (2015). [under review]
Presentations
Jamero, Ma. Laurice, Miguel Esteban, and Motoharu Onuki. "Coping with sea-level rise: Insights from a small island experiencing earthquake-induced land subsidence." 6th International Conference on Sustainable Future for Human Security (SUSTAIN). Indonesia, 2015. Presentation.

Moderated session on Sustainable Development. 6th International Conference on Sustainable Future for Human Security (SUSTAIN). Indonesia, 2015.