The Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA), which is co-directed by Dr. Lori Peek and Dr. Sammy Zahran, brings together national and international faculty affiliates, faculty fellows, and graduate and undergraduate student researchers. Several CDRA alums have also gone on to work in the public and private sector post-graduation.
CDRA faculty and students regularly collaborate with one another and with scholars across the U.S. and around the world to conduct interdisciplinary research on hazards risk and disaster impacts. These research projects span the disaster lifecycle, focusing on mitigation and emergency preparedness; disaster response; social, psychological, physical, environmental, and economic impacts of disaster; and short- and long-term recovery processes. Our faculty, who conduct qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research, use the most sophisticated methodological tools available to assess the full scope and range of disaster effects that human communities regularly experience. CDRA faculty and students have conducted field research in the aftermath of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina (2005), the BP Oil Spill (2010), the Haiti Earthquake (2010), the Christchurch Earthquake (2011), the Joplin tornado (2011), among other recent catastrophic events.
Please click on the tabs to the left to read more detailed biographical sketches for those scholars affiliated with CDRA.