Thu, Sep 23, 2021 — Thu, Dec 16, 2021

Agenda 2021 (October – December)


October 28, 2021

Mobility Impact Analysis


Hamish Patten –Human displacement predictions post-disaster: inferring spatio-temporal displacement patterns

Andreas Gros – Current state and plans for the High-Resolution Settlement Layer (HRSL), the population density dataset by Facebook and CIESIN.


Hamish Patten will present the Oxford Disaster Displacement Realtime Information Network (ODDRIN). When coupled to mobility data, ODDRIN is used to infer spatio-temporal displacement maps, which can also be used to predict future ‘hotspots’ of high displacement. A focus of the presentation will be the global earthquake displacement risk model, which integrates 157 historical earthquakes from 47 different countries, in addition to ~270,000 geo-referenced buildings assessed for damage via satellite image analysis. The software tool is currently being integrated into the IFRC GO Risk Platform to provide near real-time displacement estimates from earthquakes.

To complement this model, Andreas Gros will  introduce High-Resolution Settlement Layer (HRSL), and talk about the current release status. The presentation will also cover the plans for HRSL v2.0, for which Facebook added  building volume estimation and building type estimation to the process.

November 23, 2021

Disaster Risk Reduction & Mobility


Boyeong Hong- Using Big Data to Quantify Neighborhood Disparities in Urban Crisis Risks


This research analyzes mobility patterns of more than 1 million anonymized mobile devices to quantify neighborhood gaps in urban crisis risks. The first project focuses on the natural disaster case in Houston, Texas, in response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Overall, this work finds clear socioeconomic and racial disparities in resilience capacity and evacuation patterns. This project provides new insight into the behavioral response to disasters and provides the basis for data-driven public sector decisions that prioritize the equitable allocation of resources to vulnerable neighborhoods. The second project, focused on COVID-19, highlights significant disparities in health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities and lower-income households.

December 16, 2021

Data Ethics & Privacy


Esteban Moro –Trust Data: Mobility, privacy-preserving and trusted Location Data for the Public Good and Urban Understanding”

Alex Pompe – Privacy protection methods in mobility data from Facebook

Denise McKenzie – The Ethics of Location

Description: As data collection increases, the concern about the use of this data arises. This session will present state-of-the-art techniques for data privacy preservation. Our speakers will present their recent projects on micro-segregation, transportation, and epidemic diseases using location data.

Past Events

September 23, 2021

Use of Mobility Data in Public Health Emergencies


Satchit Balsari – On the Move: The Public Use of Personal Data in Crises

Discussants Laura McGorman and Andrew Schroeder


This session will present summary deliberations from the Harvard Radcliffe Seminar Series held in March and April 2021, in consultation with nearly 40 technologists, scientists, lawyers, and humanitarian responders from around the world. A draft of the paper will then be posted for public comment. The series explored current barriers to the safe, responsible, fair, and equitable use of human mobility data for public

August 26, 2021

Epidemics and Post-disaster Displacement


Caroline O’Flaherty Buckee – Thinking clearly about social aspects of infectious disease transmission

Takahiro Yabe – Post-disaster population displacement and recovery analysis using human mobility data


This session will focus on epidemics and post-disaster displacement. Caroline Buckee will present her new Nature paper on “Thinking clearly about social aspects of infectious disease transmission” followed by Takahiro Yabe presentation on “Post-disaster population displacement and recovery analysis using human mobility data”. In addition to the speaker’s presentations, we will discuss the upcoming network activities. The network aims to provide a platform for data scientists and the

disaster risk management community to connect and share best practices.

July 22, 2021

Disaster Mobility Data Network Launch 


  • Sylvain Ponserre (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre) – Internal displacement in the context of disasters – where, when, and for how long?
  • Guanghua Chi (Facebook) – Detection of short-term displacement events
  • Justin Ginnetti (IFRC) – Data to inform humanitarian action
  • Andrew Schroeder, Maham Khan (Direct Relief / GFDRR) – Disaster mobility situation reports; roadmap for the DMDN


Changes in mobile phone technology, notably the near-ubiquity in many places of GPS-enabled smartphones, have altered the ways that response agencies and researchers understand and respond to crises. As this data becomes mainstream in emergency management, key issues of data capacity and data literacy – as well as ethics, privacy, and data protection – become increasingly pressing.

The Network will provide a platform for data scientists and the disaster risk management community to connect and share best practices. Join us for this inaugural call where speakers will present key advances in mapping post-disaster population movements; and to participate in an open discussion on the Network’s upcoming activities.


Andrea Garcia Tapia (Community Manager, Disaster Mobility Data Network)

Links to register for future events will be posted on the website shortly. If you want to join the channel for the latest updates and discussions on the Disaster Mobility Data Network, please contact our community manager at agarciatapia@worldbank.org

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