Dr. Erin Joakim is an adjunct lecturer and post-doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada). She received her B.A. in geography at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2005 and continued her studies at the University of Waterloo, earning her Ph.D. in Geography in 2013. She has held research fellowships through the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, and the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge, as well as a visiting scholar position at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. Her research has focused on long-term disaster recovery, including community based disaster reconstruction programming. Recent research has particularly focused on the role of religion, including individual faith, religious leadership, and institutional responses, in facilitating recovery after major disasters.