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Thesis title : Understanding the relevance and impact of cross-disciplinary approach in post-disaster reconstruction projects: the case of ReparH ANR project after the earthquake of Port-au-Prince1

RAKOTONIRINA, Harisoa Mampionona Julpheli

Thesis / Innovation, Research

Doctoral fellow -Thesis defense on July 2022
PhD CDP Risk in AE&CC-CRAterre, Grenoble
Thierry Joffroy (AE&CC,,
Laurent Daudeville (3SR,

This thesis is based on the context of housing reconstruction after the 12 January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, through interventions around the project Reconstruire parasinistre en Haïti (ReparH).
Maison traditionnelle haïtienne type ossature bois


A comprehensive posture has been chosen as a global approach for the thesis work. This led to adopt a qualitative research methodology in humanities and social sciences. The method of comprehensive interview has been chosen as a method for data collection. To treat and analyse the data, two main methods have been used: the method of a graphic representation in social sciences (mind mapping, concept mapping, social network mapping) and the method of qualitative data analysis supported by the NVivo software (thematic analysis of interviews and documentations).


In Haïti...After completing the data collection, the work is currently focused on mapping disciplines and actors (organisations and individuals) to understand and analyse their interactions. The first results of the analysis show that the involvement of complementary academic and professional disciplines, character skills and knowledge from different natures (academic, sociocultural) is an important factor for developing relevant responses to post-disaster reconstruction. These findings contribute to a better reflection and intervention of organizations that are involved in post-disaster reconstruction.

Survey in Haïti for the study


1. Th. Joffroy, M. Rakotonirina, Ph.Garnier. Regard réflexif sur le projet ReparH à Haïti : une exhortation à renforcer les liens entre action humanitaire et rechercheAlternatives Humanitaires, 17 August 2021.…
2. Crété, E., Hosta, J., Hendriks, E., Opdyke, A., Yadav, S., Rakotonirina, M., Moles, O., Maskey, P., Guragain, R., Joshi, L., Sieffert, Y., Garnier, Ph., Flinn, B., Incorporating Local Building Practices in Response in Roadmap for research – A Collaborative Research Framework for Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements Assistance, InterAction, 129‑36, 2021 (book chapter)
3. M. Rakotonirina, Th.Joffroy, L.Daudeville, et Ph.Garnier. Habitat parasinistre : objet interdisciplinaire entre territoire, culture et technique – Retour sur les interventions sur les Cultures Constructives Locales (CCL) après le séisme du 12 janvier 2010 en Haïti in Écocritique(s) et catastrophes naturelles – Sciences humaines et sciences naturelles : regards croisés (XXe-XXIe siècles), Presses universitaires Blaise Pascal (PUBP) (in prep.)

Oral presentations
1. M. Rakotonirina, Th. Joffroy, L. Daudeville, Ph. Garnier, Collaboration entre recherches et actions : une nécessité pour la réduction des risques de catastrophe ? Cas de la reconstruction d’habitat suite au séisme du 12 janvier 2010 en Haïti. World Conference on Humanitarian Studies 2021, Panel Bridging the gaps between knowledge and action in Disaster Risk Reduction organized by the french Red Cross Foundation, Paris 4 November 2021.
2. M. Rakotonirina, Pertinence et impacts d’une approche interdisciplinaire dans les projets de reconstruction post-catastrophe : cas du projet ANR ReparH après le séisme de 2010 de Port-au-Prince. Doctoral Day ENSAG, Grenoble, 11 April 2019.
3.  M. Rakotonirina, Pertinence et impacts d’une approche interdisciplinaire dans les projets de reconstruction post-catastrophe : cas du projet ANR ReparH après le séisme de 2010 de Port-au-Prince ». Matinée scientifique « Risques » - AE&CC / CDP Risk@Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, 6 June 2019.

Popular science
1. Combey, A., Peillon, A., Cusicanqui, D, Rakotonirina, M., Hagl, M., Aléas naturels et sociétés, une question de “RISK”The Conversation, oct. 2020.…
2. M. Rakotonirina, Reconstruction d’habitat après le séisme de 2010 en Haïti : Comment collaborer ensemble ?, Institut des Risques Majeurs (IRMa), 27 January 2021.…
3. M. Rakotonirina, Allo docs : Comment reconstruire des maisons après une catastrophe naturelle ?, Podcast of Fête de la Science 2021 at UGA, Hauteurs UGA, Grenoble, 07 October 2021.


In 2014, after completing her engineering degree at Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique d’Antananarivo (ESPA), Mampionona RAKOTONIRINA began her professional career as a Consultant and then as a Junior technical officer within the German technical cooperation implementation agency GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in Madagascar. For nearly two and a half years, she was responsible for the topic of Climate Change Adaptation for the GIZ natural resource management program in Madagascar. Following her selection at Université Paris-Saclay International Master’s Scholarship Programme in 2016, she began her Master's degree at AgroParisTech and the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN). She worked on the subject of the Adaptation to climate change for businesses in the French territory with the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) as her Master thesis. Following her first professional experiences as well as the new social perspective and knowledge in the field of agronomy, Mampionona RAKOTONIRINA returned to Madagascar in 2017 to hold the position of Technical Advisor in Agrometeorology within the GIZ project in the field of agricultural value chain development. Since November 2018, she began her PhD in the AE&CC – CRAterre lab of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble (ENSAG) on the subject of interdisciplinarity in post-disaster reconstruction projects under the supervision of Thierry JOFFROY (AE&CC – CRAterre) and Laurent DAUDEVILLE (3SR), within the framework of the CDP Risk of Université Grenoble Alpes.

Mampionona Rakotonirina

Mampionona Julpheli RAKOTONIRINA

More about her work...

Podcast Allo docs : Comment reconstruire des maisons après une catastrophe naturelle ?, Fête de la Science 2021 at UGA, Hauteurs UGA, Grenoble, October 2021
. Poster Relevance and impacts of an interdisciplinary approach in (re) construction projects. The case of ReparH ANR project after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
. 3rd prize of the jury, Habitat soutenable dans un contexte de la solidarité internationale, doctoral workshop Innovative and sustainable Construction, Cité de la Solidarité Internationale, Annemasse, 2019.
3rd prize for Mampionona
. Thesis defense: July 2022

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Mampionona Julpheli Rakotonirina

Thesis objectives

. Understand how interactions between academic research and operational actionscan be implemented in the post-disaster reconstruction phase;
. Understand the interactions between different academic and professional disciplines in post-disaster reconstruction interventions;
. Extract lessons learned from the Haitian experience in terms of relevant collaboration in post-disaster reconstruction phase that could be implemented in a similar case.

Submitted on November 24, 2023

Updated on November 24, 2023