Dr. Haorui Wu PhD

Canada Research Chair in Resilience and Assistant Professor

Wu, Haorui_lg

Email: haorui.wu@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1188
Fax: 902-494-6709
Mailing Address: 
School of Social Work Dalhousie University Suite 3250, Mona Campbell Building, 1459 LeMarchant Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Environmental justice and social justice
  • Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • Public interest design
  • Mixed-method research
  • Disaster mental health
  • One welfare and human-animal bond
  • Adaptive social protection
  • Settlement service
  • Social network analysis
  • GIS


  • Postdoc University of Colorado Boulder
  • Postdoc University of Calgary
  • Ph.D. University of British Columbia
  • M. Arch., Sichuan University
  • B. Arch., Sichuan University


Dr. Wu is the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Resilience and Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. With an interdisciplinary background (architecture, landscape architecture, regional and community planning, and social work), his community-based interdisciplinary research and emerging practice have nuancedly explored disaster-driven redevelopment of human and non-human settlements through the lens of environmental justice and social justice in the global context of climate change, disaster, and willful acts of violence. His innovative socio-ecological protection strategies aim to stimulate the transdisciplinary application of engineering, social, cultural, ecological, economic, and political dimensions into the empowerment of grassroots-led community development initiatives that contribute to the enhancement of inhabitants and co-inhabitants’ health and well-being, advancing resilience and sustainability at individual, family, and community levels, and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in community development.

Dr. Wu has been serving as principal/co-investigator and/or collaborator on 36 multi-investigator nationally and internationally funded research projects regarding community development in disaster settings, with over $7 million in research funding. He regularly collaborates with interdisciplinary teams of scholars across 18 countries. He is currently accepting new master and doctoral students (with stipend) focusing on climate change and disaster, green social work, and veterinary social work. He hires qualified research assistants for ongoing projects. Students interested in getting involved and learning from his research projects (see below) are encouraged to contact haorui.wu@dal.ca with a copy of C.V., academic transcript (unofficial is fine), and a cover letter.  

Current Research Projects:


[Principal investigator] “Promoting Older Adults' Engagement in Post-disaster (pandemic) Reconstruction and Recovery” (SSHRC Connection Grants, $25,000, 2022-23).

[Co-Principal Investigator] “Integrating Environmental Justice and Sustainability into Social Work Practice” (SSHRC, Partnership Engage Grants, $25,000, 2022-23).

[Principal Investigator] “Passive victims but empowered actors: Building an older-adult-specific training module in disaster settings” (SSHRC Exchange Grants, $5,000, 2022-23).

[Principal investigator] “Promoting Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Individual, Family, and Community Development: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Human-Animal Interactions” (SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grants, $29,999, 2022-23).

[Principal investigator] “ ‘Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets’: Developing an Animal-Specific Disaster and Emergency Management Plan in Atlantic Canada” (SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants, $25,000, 2022-23).

[Principal Investigator] “International Social Work Connections to Enhance Older Adults post-COVID-19 recovery” (Vice-Present Research & Innovation International Seed Fund, Dalhousie University, $5,000, 2022-23).

[Principal Investigator] “Engaging Animal in Emergency Preparedness: A Community Asset Mapping Approach” (Faculty of Health Research Development Grants, Dalhousie University, $5,000, 2022-23).


[Principal investigator] “Building a Culture of Community Resilience: Establishing a Social Research Infrastructure for Hazards and Disaster Studies” (Canada Research Chair Program, $600,000, 2021-26)

[Principal Investigator] “Essential but Unexpected, Under-Protected, and Undervalued COVID-19 Heroes: Individual-Work-Family Triangulation of Frontline Retail Workers” (SSHRC Insight Development Grants, $74,979, 2021-23).

[Principal Investigator] “A Baseline Survey: Risk Perception, Protective Behaviors, And Emotional Well-Being Associated with Media Coverage of Hurricane” (SSHRC Explore Grants, CA$5,000, 2021-22).

[Principal Investigator] “To Rescue Animals or To Leave Them: Emotional Plight of Farm Animal Owners Facing Fraser Valley Flooding Evacuation” (the Quick Response Program, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, $5,000, 2021-22).

[Co-Principal Investigator] “Supply Chain Disruption and Community Resilience to Natural Hazards: Lesson Learned from British Columbia's Fraser Valley Flooding” (the Quick Response Program, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, $5,000, 2021-22).

[Principal investigator] “A Dual Gendered Leadership Model: Gender-Inclusive Science-Political Communication Supports Government COVID-19 Responses in Atlantic Canada” (Faculty of Health, Research Development Grant, $5,000, 2021-22)


[Principal investigator] “Virtual Programs and Virtual Community Development: A Social Work Researcher-Practitioner Partnership to Evaluate the Community-based Virtual Settlement Service Programs” (SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants, $24,998, 2020-21)

[Principal investigator] “COVID-19 and Human-Animal Bonds: A Researcher-Practitioner Partnership Committed to Ensuring Animal Welfare, Enhancing Human Well-Being, and Building Human-Animal Resilience” (SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants, $24,991, 2020-21)

[Co-Principal investigator] “Enhancing Our Healthcare Heroes’ Overall Well-Being: Balancing Patient Health, Personal Risk, and Family Responsibilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (NSF Quick Response Grant, US$3,000, 2020-21)

[Co-Principal investigator] “Exploring the Experiences of University Students Evicted from Their On-Campus Housing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-National Comparison” (NSF Quick Response Grant, US$3,000, 2020-21)

[Co-Principal investigator] “Homelessness as Disaster and Homelessness in Disasters: Exploring Vulnerability in Crisis States” (Faculty of Health, Research Development Grant, $4,968, 2020-21)

[Co-investigator] “Health Impacts and Responses of COVID-19 for Homeless Populations in Halifax, Nova Scotia”(SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants, $24,674, 2020-21)

[Co-investigator] “Interdisciplinary Study of Evacuating Persons with Disabilities from an Urban Center”(Accessibility Standards Canada grants and contributions program, 2020-23)


[Collaborator] “Transforming the Field Education Landscape: Intersections of Research and Practice in Canadian Social Work Field Education” (SSHRC Partnership Grants, $1,980,640, 2019-24)


[Co-Principal investigator] “Evaluation Consulting Services: Building State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters Capacities to Protect Children in Emergencies” (Save the Children, U.S. Programs, US$170,000, 2018-20)


[Co-Principal investigator] “Social Work Connections for Disaster Recovery” (SSHRC Connection Grants, $25,000, 2017-18).

Peer-Reviewed Publications:


Wu, H., Karabanow, J., & Hoddinott, T. (2022). Building emergency response capacity: Social workers’ engagement in supporting homeless communities during COVID-19 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 12713. 

Greig, M. & Wu, H. (2022). Green social work practice in rural community. Encyclopedia.

Wu, H., & Mansour, A. (2022). Quick responses of Canadian social scientists to COVID-19: A case study of the 2020 Federal COVID-19-specific grant recipients. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 13, 636-649https://doi.org/10.1007/s13753-022-00434-1

Wu, H. (2022). Mass email risk communication: Lessons learned from the COVID-19-triggered campus-wide eviction in Canada and the United States. PLOS ONE

Wu, H., Greig, M., & Bryan, C. (2022). Promoting environmental justice and sustainability in social work practice in rural community: A systematic review. Social Sciences11(8), 336. 

Wu, H., & Greig, M. (2022). Adaptability, interdisciplinarity, engageability: Critical reflections on green social work teaching and training. Healthcare. 10, 1245.

Doll, K., Karabanow, J., Huges, J., & Leviten-Reid, C., & Wu, H. (2022). Homelessness within the pandemic in Two Nova Scotian Communities. International Journal on Homelessness, 2(1), 6-22

Wu, H., Peek, L., Mathews, M., & Mattson, N. (2022). Cultural competence for hazards and disaster researchers: A framework and training module. Natural Hazards Review, 23(1). 06021005. 

Slick, J., & Wu, H. (2022). The need to protect the most vulnerable: The COVID-19 crisis in long-term and residential care in Canada. In M.-L. Rhodes, & L. Comfort (Eds.), Countries in crisis: Collective cognition action and COVID-19 (pp. 182-207). Routledge.

Wu, H. (2022). “Reign behind a curtain”: Women’s indirect and informal leadership in the post-earthquake reconstruction and recovery in rural areas, Sichuan, China. In J. Kusma (Ed.), Disaster and emergency management: Case studies in adaptation and innovation. Elsevier.

Wu, H. (2022). Bottom-up adaptive social protection: Grassroots self-reconstruction efforts post-Wenchuan earthquake. United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2022. https://www.undrr.org/gar2022-our-world-risk#container-media


Karabanow, J., Bozcam, E. S., Huges, J., & Wu, H. (2021). Lessons learned: COVID-19 and individuals experiencing homelessness in global context. International Journal on Homelessness2(1), 160-174. 

Wu, H., & Mackenzie, J. (2021). Dual-gendered leadership: Gender-inclusive scientific-political public health communication supporting government COVID-19 responses in Atlantic Canada. Healthcare9(10), 1345.

Wu, H., Bains, R., Morris, A., & Morales, C. (2021). Affordability, feasibility, and accessibility: Companion animal guardians with (dis)abilities’ access to veterinary medical and behavioral services during COVID-19. Animals11(8), 2359. 

Wu, H. (2021). When housing and communities were delivered: A case study of post-Wenchuan earthquake rural reconstruction and recovery. Sustainability, 13(14), 7629. 

Wu, H. (2021). Bottom-up adaptive social protection: A case study of grassroots self-reconstruction efforts in post-Wenchuan earthquake rural reconstruction and recovery. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters39(1), 65-86. 

Morris, A., Wu, H., & Morales, C. (2021). Barriers to care in veterinary services: Lessons learned from low-income pet guardians’ experiences at private clinics and hospitals during COVID-19. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8, 764753.

Wu, H., Perez-Lugo, M., García, C. O., Gonzalez, F., & Castillo, A. (2021). Empowered stakeholders: University female students’ leadership during the COVID-19-triggered on-campus evictions in Canada and the United States. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science12(4), 581-592. 

Wu, H. (2021). Integration of the disaster component into social work curriculum: Teaching undergraduate social work research methods course during COVID-19. The British Journal of Social Work51(5), 1799-1819. 

Wu, H., & Bryan, C. (2021). Mobile livelihoods and adaptive social protection: Precarious migrant workers fostering resilience to climate change. In I. Adjibade & A.R. Siders (Eds.), Global views on climate relocation and social justice: Navigating retreat (pp. 180-193). Routledge. 

Wu, H. (2021). Resilience in post-disaster reconstruction of human settlement: An architectural perspective. In M. Ungar (Ed.), Systemic Resilience: Adaptation and Transformation in Contexts of Change (pp. 646-660). Oxford University Press.

Wu, H., & Etienne, F. (2021). Effect of climate change on food production (animal products). In T. M. Letcher (Ed.), A Comprehensive Study of Physical, Social, and Political issues.Elsevier. 


Wu, H. (2020). Airdropped urban condominiums and stay-behind elders’ overall well-being: 10-year lessons learned from the post-Wenchuan earthquake rural recovery. Journal of Rural Studies, 79, 24-33. 

Wu, H., & Karabanow, J. (2020). COVID-19 and beyond: Social work interventions for supporting homeless population. International Social Work, 63(6), 790-794. 

Stukes, P., & Wu, H. (2020). Improving data process for Indigenous peoples in the U.S. and Canada: A public-media-based cross-national comparison. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 9(3), 53-66.

Hou, C., & Wu, H. (2020). Rescuer, decision maker, and breadwinner: Women’s predominant leadership across the post-Wenchuan earthquake efforts in rural areas, Sichuan, China. Safety Science, 125, 1-6.

Peek, L., Champeau, H., Austin, J., Mathews, M., & Wu, H. (2020). What methods do social scientists use to study disasters? An analysis of the social science extreme events research network. American Behavioral Scientist, 64(8), 1066-1094. 

Peek, L., Tobin, J., Adams, R., Wu, H., & Mathew, M. (2020). A framework for convergence research in the hazards and disaster field: The natural hazards engineering research infrastructure CONVERGE facility. Frontiers in Built Environment, 6, 110. 


Wu, H., & Hou, C. (2019). Utilizing co-design approach to identify various stakeholders’ roles in the protection of intangible place-making heritage: The case of Guchengping Village. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, 29(1), 22-35. 

Wu, H. (2019). Post-disaster reconstruction in China: The need for harmonization of physical reconstruction and social recovery after the Wenchuan earthquake. In J. Drolet (Ed.), Rebuilding lives post-disaster (pp. 204-225). Oxford University Press.

Wu, H., & Drolet, J. (2019). Methodology. In J. Drolet (Ed.), Rebuilding lives post-disaster (pp. 37-50). Oxford University Press.

Samuel, M., Drolet, J., & Wu, H. (2019). Post-Tsunami Recovery in South India: Including the Excluded. In J. Drolet (Ed.), Rebuilding lives post-disaster (pp. 130-147). Oxford University Press.

Wu, H. (2019). Advancing post-disaster resilience: Improving designer-user communication in the post-Lushan earthquake reconstruction and recovery. In B. Kar & D. Cochran (Eds.), Understanding the roles of risk communication in community resilience building (pp. 198-210). Routledge.


Wu, H. (2018). Promoting public interest design: Transformative change toward green social work during post-Lushan earthquake reconstruction and recovery in Sichuan, China. In L. Dominelli, H. B. Ku, & B. R. Nikku (Eds.), Handbook of green social work (pp.87-98). Routledge.

Drolet, J., Wu, H., Ering, R., Mathbor, G, Alston, M., Hargreaves, D., Huang, Y., & Huang, C. (2018). Rebuilding lives post-disaster: Innovative community practices for sustainable development. In L. Dominelli, H. B. Ku, & B. R. Nikku (Eds.), Handbook of Green Social Work (pp.63-73). Routledge.

Drolet, J., Ersing, R., Dominelli, L., Mathbor, G, Alston, M., Mathbor, G., Huang, Y., & Wu, H. (2018). Rebuilding lives and communities post-disaster: A case study on migrant workers and diversity in the U.S. Australian Social Work, 71(4), 444-456. 


Drolet, J., & Wu, H. (2017). Building inclusive and welcoming community for immigrants and refugees. In M. C. Yan & U. Anucha (Eds.), Working with immigrants and refugees: A handbook for social work and human services. Oxford University Press. 


Wu, H., & Hou, C. (2016). Community social planning: The social worker’s role in post-earthquake reconstruction and recovery planning, Sichuan China. Social Dialogue, 4, 26-29.

Wu, H., & Drolet, J. (2016). Adaptive social protection: Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. In J. Drolet (Ed.), Social development and social work perspectives on social protection (pp. 96-119). Routledge. 

Drolet, J., Wu, H., & Dennehy, A. L. (2016). Social development and sustainability: Social work in the post-2015 sustainable development framework. In J. McKinnon & M. Alston (Eds.), Ecological social work: Towards sustainability (pp. 39-56). Palgrave.


Drolet, J., Alston, M., Dominelli, L., Ersing, R., Mathbor, G., & Wu, H. (2015). Women rebuilding lives post-disaster: Innovative community practices for building resilience and promoting sustainable development. Gender & Development, 23(3), 433-448. 


Drolet, J., Wu, H., Taylor, M., & Dennehy, A. (2015). Social work and sustainable social development: Teaching and learning strategies for ‘green social work’ curriculum. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 34(5), 528-543. 


Wu, H., & Hou, C. (2014). Duplication and innovation: Study of the design of Chinese senior residential communities.Advanced Materials Research, 841, 2837-2841. 

Hou, C., & Wu, H. (2014). Learn from tradition: Utilizing traditional building materials in the post-earthquake reconstruction. Advanced Materials Research, 835, 683-686.


Wu, H., & Hou, C. (2013). Quantity or quality? Evaluation of open space in the urban ghetto of downtown, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 357, 1599-1602. 

Hou, C., & Wu, H. (2013). Modern and traditional: Smart improvements of the traditional Tibetan architecturalmaterials and security. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 353, 2817-2821.