Graciela Rivera-Muñoz

PhD candidate

Resilient Urban Futures research programme, University of Otago, Wellington


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Graciela has a background in political sciences and public health education.

Graciela has a research focus on the role of communities in public health practice and in the development, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in a broader sense.

Currently, she is engaged in a qualitative case study of housing recovery after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010-2011 and the development of a critical theoretical perspective on the concept of community, neighbourhood, and suburb resilience, as a main-stay of the disaster literature.


Housing, energy and health in the resilient city In P. Howden-Chapman, L. Early & J. Ombler (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities. (pp. 95-106). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa. 2017.
Local councils and public consultation: Extending the reach of democracyPolicy Quarterly, 12, 4, November 2016
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Making the public goodIn B Bennett et al. (eds.), Recovery: Lessons in post-disaster planning, Freerange Press, Christchurch, 2014 (in progress)
The inverse care lawIn E Johnston, ed. Once in a lifetime: City building after disaster in Christchurch, The Freerange Press, 2014, pp.190-198
La constitución de la democracia (The constitution of democracy)Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, 2013
Situational analysis of Puerto Rico’s school transportation system: Implementing the EPA program, Clean School Bus USA, as health promotion and health education strategy to prevent childhood asthmaMPHE thesis, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, 2005
Manual del instructor(a) en asma (Handbook for the asthma instructor)Research Institute for Global Health Promotion and Education, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, 2004