We are very excited to announce our paper “Human Behaviour in Informal Settlement Fires in Costa Rica” has been accepted in Safety Science (Elsevier). This study was led by York University – Lassonde School of Engineering graduate student Sara Guevara Arce and supported by soon to be doctoral candidate Chloe Jeanneret who took her first corresponding role of a manuscript. The paper is also a collaboration with Danielle Antonellis of Kindling, and Sandra Vaiciulyte, PhD of Arup. Much of the papers conception and planning was in part due to their efforts and support from their organizations. Funding was also provided by Global Affairs Canada. The paper considers a recording of a real settlement fire in Costa Rica explaining fire and resident behaviours, the relationship between fire behaviour and firefighters’ efforts to control events, and with a proposed methodology for analysis of informal settlement fires’ behavioural data.

The paper is now in press and can be accessed here for the next 50 days https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1dIo83IVV9nDSn

Post art work was prepared by Natalia Espinosa-Merlano based on a photograph by Paulo Pampolin