Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Elizabeth Hausler 2004 Global Fellow
Design and build earthquake-resistant housing to reduce deaths, injuries, and economic losses caused by housing collapses due to earthquakes in developing countries.
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, the founder of Build Change, was named one of the world’s “Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs” in 2004 by Echoing Green for her plan to promote and implement affordable, disaster-resistant housing construction in less developed countries. She is a 2006 Draper Richards fellow and was a Fulbright Scholar to India in 2002 – 2003. Dr. Hausler has a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a skilled brick, block and stone mason and has lectured on sustainable, disaster-resistant construction in five countries. On 10 March 2006, Elizabeth was featured by the US-based evening news program abcNEWS World News Tonight as Person of the Week for her work rebuilding houses in Aceh.
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