Charles leads research and teaching on Shelter after Disaster in the School of Architecture Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP). He runs the postgraduate course in Shelter after Disaster and is active in the shelter community of practice, holding working group positions in the Global Shelter Cluster.
Charles also holds academic leadership positions in the School of Architecture: he co-leads Masters in Architectural Design in Architecture (RIBA part 2), and is subject leader for technology for the whole school.
Charles trained and worked as an environmental engineer, focusing on sustainability and community development. He studied at CENDEP for the Masters degree in Development Practice in 1997.
Teaching and supervision
My research is in post disaster housing response including shelter and settlement level initiatives. My main way of working is to collaborate with operational shelter agencies, the Global Shelter Cluster and other international shelter coordination organisations.
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- Afghanistan Shelter and Settlements long term outcomes (led by CARE) (01/10/2022 - 31/03/2024), funded by: USAID, funding amount received by Brookes: £146,625
Ahmed I, Parrack C, 'Shelter Self-Recovery: The Experience of Vanuatu'
Architecture 2 (2) (2022) pp.434-445
ISSN: 2673-8945 eISSN: 2673-8945Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Harriss L, Parrack C, Jordan Z, 'Building safety in humanitarian programmes that support post-disaster shelter self-recovery: An evidence review'
Disasters 44 (2) (2019) pp.307-335
ISSN: 0361-3666 eISSN: 1467-7717Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Hendricks E, Lutyens L, Parrack C, 'Knowledge exchange and adoption to enable safer post-disaster self-recovery'
Journal of Integrated Disaster Risk Management 8 (2) (2018) pp.1-23
ISSN: 2185-8322Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Parrack C, Piquard B, Brun C, 'Shelter in Flux'
Forced Migration Review 55 (June 2017) (2017) pp.7-9
ISSN: 1460-9819Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Flinn B, Parrack C, 'Shelter After Disaster'
Fourth Door Review 9 (2016)
ISSN: 1364-5110Published here
Heywood M, Parrack C, Baiche B, Lockwood L, Richardson J, 'Testing Fibre Stabilisation for Earthquake Resilience of Earth Mortar in Stone Masonry Construction'
Nepal Engineers' Association Technical Journal XLIII-EC30 (1) (2016) pp.67-71
ISSN: 2091-0592Abstract Open Access on RADAR
Parrack C, Flinn B, Passey M, 'Getting the Message Across for Safer Self-Recovery in Post-Disaster Shelter'
Open House International 39 (3) (2014)
ISSN: 0168-2601Abstract Published here