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The Impacts of COVID-19 on Gender Relations in the Context of Successive Disasters: The Case of Coastal Ecuador

Project Overview

Four years after a devastating earthquake, coastal Ecuador became an epicenter of another crisis, COVID-19. Housing allocation was a priority in post-earthquake recovery efforts and now, the home became the main site through which COVID-19 is experienced. Households recovering from previous disasters have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 and associated regulations. This project focuses on three rural neighborhoods that were affected by successive disasters, the 2016 earthquake, followed by COVID-19, and received differential support from Ecuadorian organizations. In the aftermath of successive disasters, I seek to conduct participant observation and semi-structured interviews to analyze the impacts of COVID-19 on gender relations within households and communities in different post-disaster housing settlements.

Study Design

Empirical Reserach

Project Keywords

gender relations, successive disasters, assets, intra-household relations, Latin America

Principal Investigator

Name: Maja

Title: PHD Candidate

Department or Unit: Anthropology

Organization: UNC-Chapel Hill

Co-Project Investigators

    Funding Source

    UNC-Chapel Hill, National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

    Expected Study Timeline

    January - April 2021

    Study Design

    Empirical Reserach

    Primary Methods of Data Collection

    participant observation, semi-structure interviews

    Unit of Analysis


    Study Population(s)

    Men and women in three neighbourhoods who lived through the 2016 earthquake and COVID-19 in coastal Ecuador

    Sample Size

    60 individuals across 3 neighbourhoods

    Geographic Focus Area(s)

    Don Juan, canton Jama, Manabí Province, Ecuador

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