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Ali Asgary, Associate Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management

Selected Publications

In English

Journal Articles
Juan Pablo Sarmiento, Gabriela Hoberman, Maria Ilcheva, Ali Asgary, Ana Maria Majano, Sarah Poggione, Luis R. Duran, Private sector and disaster risk reduction: The Cases of Bogota, Miami, Kingston, San Jose, Santiago, and Vancouver, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Mojtaba Rafieian, Ali Asgary, (2013) Impacts of temporary housing on housing reconstruction after the Bam earthquake. Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 22 Iss: 1, pp.63 – 74.

Sadeghi-Naini A. and Asgary A. , (2013) "Modeling number of firefighters responding to an incident using artificial neural networks", International Journal of Emergency Services, Vol. 2 Iss: 2, pp.104 – 118.

Ali Asgary, Nooreddin Azimi, Muhammad Imtiaz Anjum, (2013) Measuring small businesses disaster resiliency: case of small businesses impacted by the 2010 flood in Pakistan, International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, 4(2), 170-187.

Nooreddin Azimi & Ali Asgary, 2013. Rural residents and choice of building earthquake-resistant house: results of a choice experiment study. Environmental Hazards, DOI:10.1080/17477891.2013.777893.

Asgary A, Anjum MI, Azimi N, (2013) "Disaster recovery and business continuity after the 2010 flood in Pakistan: Case of small businesses", International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2, 46-56.

Asgary, A., Moeini, S.M., Mehregan, N., 2012, Willingness to pay for enhancing local emergency preparedness programmes: evidences from Canada, International Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 8, No. 2, PP.168-181.

Asgary, A., Sadeghi Naini, A., Levy, J., 2012, Modeling the risk of structural fire incidents using a self-organizing map, Fire Safety Journal, Volume 49, Pages 1-9,

Asgary, A. and Naini, A. S. (2011), MODELLING THE ADAPTATION OF BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING BY BUSINESSES USING NEURAL NETWORKS. Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management. doi: 10.1002/isaf.326

Asgary, A. and Y. Mousavi-Jahromi, 2011. Power outage, business continuity and businesses' choices of power outage mitigation measures. Am. J. Econ. Bus. Admin., 3: 312-320.

Ali Asgary, Md Abdul Halim, (2011) "Measuring people's preferences for cyclone vulnerability reduction measures in Bangladesh", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 20 Iss: 2, pp.186 - 198

Paulus, Jeremy and Asgary, Ali (2011) "Enhancing Border Security: Local Values and Preferences at the Blue Water Bridge (Point Edward, Canada)," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Vol. 7 (1), Article 77.

Mehregan N., Asgary A., and Rezaei M., (2011) "Effects of the Bam earthquake on employment: a shift-share analysis," Disasters Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 420–438

Asgary , Ali; Rezvani, Mohammad Reza and Mehregan , Nader (2011): Local Residents’ Preferences for Second Home Tourism Development Policies: A Choice Experiment nalysis. Published in: TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism , Vol. 6, No. 1 (15. April 2011): pp. 31-51.

Asgary Ali, Ghaffari Alireza, and Levy Jason, 2010, “Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Structural Fire Incidents and Their Causes: A Case of Toronto, Canada”, Fire Safety Journal, 45 (1), 44-57.

Asgary Ali, 2010, “Spatial Patterns and Distribution of Disasters in the OIC Member Countries”, Arab World Geographers, 12 (1,2).

Bagheri, Ali, Darijani, Musa, Asgary, Ali, and Morid, Saeid, 2010, “Crisis in Urban Water Systems during the Reconstruction Period: A System Dynamics Analysis of Alternative Policies after the 2003 Earthquake in Bam-Iran, Water Resource Management, 0920-4741, 1573-1650.



Asgary A., Badri A. Rafiean M., and Hajijejad A., 2008, “UTILIZING POST-DISASTER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AFTER BAM EARTHQUAKE AND THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDERS”. The international journal of Humanities, 2008; 15(2):33-52

Asgary Ali, Levey Jason and Mehregan Nader, 2007, “Estimating Willingness to Pay for a Hypothethical Earthquake Early Warning System”, Environmental Hazards 7, 312-320

Asgary, A., Klosterman, R. and Razani, A., 2007, “Sustainable Urban Growth Management Using What-If?”, International Journal of Environmental Research, 1(3): 218-230.

Levy, J.K., Hartmann, J., Li, K.W., An, Y. & Asgary, A. (2007) Multi-criteria Decision Support Systems for Flood Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Response in Urban Watersheds, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 43(2):1-13.

Badri S.A., Asgary A., Eftekhari, AR., and Levy J., 2006, “Post Disaster Resettlement, Development and Change: 12 Years after Manjil Earthquake”, Disasters, 30 (4): 451-468.

Bagheri A., Asgary A., Rafiean M., and Levy J., 2006. “Measuring Urban Water System Performance: A Fuzzy Inference Model Approach”, Journal of the American Water Works Association, 98(11): 84-92.

Burns C., Asgary A., and Levy J., (2005), “Operator support for ageing nuclear critical infrastructure systems: integrating ecological interface design with prospect theory, Int. J. Critical Infrastructures, 4(1): 299-311.

Sadeghi Hossein, Asgary Ali, and Agheli L.,(2005) “Applying Fuzzy Logic to the Estimation of Environmental Degradation Trends in Iran”, Iranian Economic Review, 10(13): 45-64.

Asgary A., Willis K.G., Taghvaei A.A., and Rafiean M., (2004), "Estimating Rural Households Willingness to Pay for Health Insurance", European Journal of Health Economics, 5(3): 209-215.

Eftekhari A.R., Asgary Ali, and Taherkhani Mahdi, 2002, “Industrial Districts and Rural Development: A case Study of Markazi Province”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development, XII(2):47-60.

Asgary A., Willis K.G., and Hosseini, (2000), “The Impacts of Caspian Sea Level Rise on the Housing Market”, Journal of Humanities, 7(4):1-8.

Asgary Ali, and Willis K.G., (1997), “Estimating the Benefits of Construction Measures to Mitigate Earthquake Risk”, Environment & Planning B, Planning and Design, 24:613-624.

Asgary Ali and Willis K.G., (1997), “Households’ Behavior in Response to Earthquake Risk: An Assessment of Alternative Theories”, International Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, 21(4).

In Persian

Rafieian Mojtaba, Asgary Ali, and Asgarizadeh, Zahra, 2008, “Assessing households’ satisfactions from their houses in Navab District” (in Persian), Quarterly Journal of Human Geography, 67, Spring 2009, 53-68.

Rafieian Mojtaba, Asgary Ali, and Asgarizadeh, Zahra, 2008, “Valuing Environmental attributes Influencing Households’ Housing Choices Using Choice Experiment Method: Case of Navab District, Tehran” (in Persian). International Journal of Engineering Science: Special Issue, Architecture and Urban Planning, 19 (6), 13-23.

Habibbi, K., Pourahmad, A., Meshkini A., Asgary A., Nazari-Adli, S., 2008, “Determining structural and Physical Vulnerability Factors in Old Urban Areas of Zanjan Using GIS and Fuzzy Logic”, Honarhaye Ziba Journal, 33: 27-36.

Haji-Nejad Ali, Asgary Ali, Asgharpour Hossein, and Mohammadzadeh Parviz, 2007, Rural Industrial Productivity in Sistan and Baloochestan Province”, Geography and Development Journal, 4(8): 1-18.

Akbari, N., Asgary, A., and Farahmand, S., 2006, “City Size Distribution in Urban System of Iran”, Quarterly Journal of the Economic Research, 6(4), 83-104.

Goli Ali and Asgary Ali, 2006, “Fuzzy Logic Applications in Rural-Urban Definitions: Case of Tehran Province”, Modares Humanities Journal, 10(2): 139-158.

Asgary Ali and Kazemian Gholamreza, 2006, “An Analysis of Current Metropolitan Areas of Iran”, Urban Management Quarterly, 5(18): 6-21.

Asgary Ali, Rafieian Mojtaba and Khoei Ziba, 2006 “Applying What-If Planning Support System for Regional Land Use Planning”, Environment Journal, Tehran University.

Asgary A, Hajinejad A, Asgharpour H, and Mohammadzadeh P., 2005, “Productivity of Rural Industries in Iran”, Quarterly Journal of the Economic Research, 14 (4):33-57.

Goli A., and Asgary A., and Eftekhari AR, (2005), “Spatial Analysis of Transitory Rural Settlements with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Case Study: North West Region of Iran”, Modares Human Sciences Journal, 8(4): 147-174.

Conference Proceedings and Presenations

Asgary Ali, Students' Perceptions of Campus Emergency Preparedness: A Survey of York University, CUSA 2011


Ali Asgary, Alireza Ghaffari, and Albert Kong, Automated Intelligent Emergency Assessment of GTA Pipeline Events, ASME Conf. Proc. 2010, 413 (2010), DOI:10.1115/IPC2010-31006

Ali Asgary, 2010, Small Disaster, Big Lessons: Impacts of Toronto Sunrise Propane Explosion on Local Businesses and Households, International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2010, Davos, Switzerland May 30 - June 3, 2010.

Asgary Ali, 2010, “Spatial Patterns and Distribution of Disasters in the Organization of the Islamic Conference Member Countries”, Proceedings of the 4th Congress of the Islamic World Geographers, University of Sistan & Baloochestan, April 14-17th, Zahedan, Iran.

Asgary Ali, 2009, “Using Real Time Virtual Environments for Disaster Simulations and Exercises”, 8th International symposium on New Technologies for Urban Safety of Mega Cities in Asia, October 15-16, Incheon, South Korea.

Asgary Ali, 2009, “The value and importance of incorporating virtual school emergency exercises”, 6th Annual Summit on Emergency & Disaster Planning for Colleges, Universities and K-12 Schools, 6-7 October, Toronto, Canada.

Asgary Ali, Sadeghi Naini Ali, and Jason Levy, 2009, “Modeling Loss and No-Loss Fire Incidents Using Artificial Neural Network: Case of Toronto” 2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity, 24-25 September, Toronto, Canada.

Asgary Ali, Kong Albert, and Jason Levy, 2009, “Fuzzy-JESS Expert System for Indexing Business Resiliency” 2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference-Science and Technology for Humanity, 24-25 September, Toronto, Canada.

Asgary A., and Ghaffari A., 2009, “Spatial Autoregressive Modeling of Predicting Property Damaged in Fire Events”, International ESRI User Conference”, San Diego, California, July 13 to July 17.

Asgary A., Ghaffari A., and Kong A., 2009, “Enhancing Emergency Response to Oil and Gas Pipeline Incidents Using a Fuzzy Jess Method” 30th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Lethbridge, June 23-25.

Asgary A., Ghaffari A., and Kong A., 2009, “Use of Web-services for Emergency Response tom Oil and Gas Pipeline incidents” 30th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Lethbridge, June 23-June 25.

Asgary Ali, 2009, “Conducting Emergency Management Exercises in Virtual Environments”, Virtual World Best Practices in Education Conference, Second Life Virtual Environment, March 27-29.

Asgary Ali, 2009, “Applications of the Virtual Environments in Disaster and Emergency Management”, 4th International Disaster Management Conference, Tehran, March 1 and 2, 2009.

Asgary Ali, 2009, “Business Resiliency”, 4th International Disaster Management Conference, Tehran, March 1 and 2, 2009.

Asgary Ali, 2008, “Emergency Management & the Second Life Virtual Environment”, 56th IAEM Annual Conference, Kansas, 15th to 20th November.

Asgary A., 2008, “Top 10 IT technologies of the 2009: Their Applications for Emergency Management”, Conference on Location Based Systems and Integrated Urban Management, Tehran, November 2008.

Asgary A. and Mallick Sanjoy, 2008, “Spatial analysis of oil and gas related accident data to develop a framework for risk assessment and contingency planning”, International Pipeline Conference, Calgary, September 29-October 3.

Asgary Ali, (2008), “Spatial Analysis of Fire Incidents”, 2008 OAFC Conference, Toronto, Ontario, April 27 to 30.

Asgary Ali, (2008), “Small Businesses, IT and Business Continuity Planning”, 2008 meeting of the Academy of Business and Information Technology, Monroeville Radisson Hotel, Monroeville, USA, May 1, 2, and 3.

Asgary Ali, (2008), “Expanding Emergency Management Education to non Emergency Management Disciplines: Emergency Management as an Elective Course”, Homeland Security Education Summit, Washington D.C., March 2008.

Asgary Ali, (2008), “Civil Defense and Emergency Management: Similarities and Differences and the Need for Integration”, First Civil Defense Conference, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, July 13-14t.

Asgary Ali, (2008), “Managing Winter Snow Storms in Urban Areas”, 3rd International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management, February 18-19, Tehran, Iran.

Asgary Ali, (2007), “In search for Principles of Emergency Management”, 2nd International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management, February 13-14, Tehran, Iran.

Rafeian Mojtaba and Asgary Ali, (2007), “An Analysis of Temporary Resettlement After Bam Earthquake”, 2nd International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management, February 13-14, Tehran, Iran.

Asgary Ali, (2007), “Emergency Management for Ports” 3rd Conference on Ports Safety and Security, February 13-14, Tehran, Iran.

Asgary Ali, (2006), “The Role of the Canadian Private Sector in Emergency Relief and Reconstruction”, Fourteenth Annual CANCAPS Conference Canada in Asia Pacific: Balancing Economics and Diplomacy December 1-3, 2006, York University, Toronto, Ontario

Asgary Ali, (2006), “Disaster and Emergency Management Education through an Elective Undergraduate Course”, Second International Conference in Disaster Education, Madid, Spain.

Asgary, A. and Levy, J.K. (2006) “Advances in Technological Disaster Analysis: Case Studies of Canadian Technological Disasters”, 16th World Conference on Disaster Management,(Toronto, June 18-21, 2006).

Asgary Ali, Badri Ali, Rafiean Mojtaba, and Hajinejad Ali, (2006), “Lost and Used Post Disaster Development Opportunities in Bam Reconstruction”, I-Rec conference on Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Meeting the Stakeholders needs, May 17-18, Florence, Italy.

Asgary Ali, Goli Ali, and Afsah-Hosseini, Fatemeh, (2006), “Applications of GIS in Debris Management ”, First Conference on GIS Applications in Disaster Management, Tehran, Iran.

Asgary Ali, and Mehregan Nader, (2006), “Estimating Households’ Willingness to Pay for Early Warning Systems”, Third Early Warning Conference, 27-29 March, Bonn, Germany.

Asgary Ali, (2005), “Theorizing Disaster and Emergency Management and the Governance Reform, International Conference on Issues Relating to Disaster Management: Challenges for Governance Reform in Asia, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong to be held at Hong Kong during 4-5 March 2005.

Levy, J.K., Hipel, K.W. & Asgary, A. (2005) Disaster Planning and Management with Dynamic AHP. Eighth International Symposium of the Analytic Hierarchy Process, July 7-10, 2005, Creative Decision Foundations (Editors J.K. Levy and R. Saaty). July 7-10, 2005, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. ISSN 1556-830X (for the CD version of ISAHP2005 Proceedings only).

Asgary Ali, (2005), “Disaster Cost/Loss Data: Current Issues and Future Challenges”, 2nd Toulouse-Montreal Conference: The Law, Economics and Management of Large-Scale Risks, 30 September-October 1, 2005, Montreal.