This gallery of thoughts about community resilience was conceived and created by Dr. Scott Miles. The aim is to inject more theory (and artistry) in our methods and practice promoting and analyzing community resilience. The theoretical views, empirical data, analytical methods, and visualization techniques used throughout were initially developed or compiled as part of a National Science Foundation funded project (Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation grant #0927356).
Scott is a thought leader on many things about disasters, urban planning, and geographic information science. Currently, he has a hard time focusing on just one of the following subjects: community resilience, disaster recovery, social vulnerability, urban political ecology, lifeline infrastructure, science and technology studies, data science, and geovisualization. He has published research on all of these topics to some degree or another.
Scott is a senior principal research scientist at University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR). Scott was formerly director of the Resilience Institute in Huxley College at Western Washington University, as well as an associate professor of Environmental Studies. He co-directed WWU’s disaster risk reduction undergraduate minor. Scott is an active consultant for local, state, federal, and international agencies.
It took a while for Scott to get through school, but he wound up with two degrees in geotechnical engineering (Washington State University and University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and two in geography (University of Edinburgh and University of Washington)–the latter a Ph.D. He is a formally trained group facilitator, having taken classes or certifications from University of Washington, The Consensus Building Institute, Institute of Cultural Affairs, Dynamic Facilitation Associates, and The Upfront Theater.
Scott was a member of the U.S. Geological Survey Western Region Earthquake Hazards Team for almost seven years, prior to transitioning into consulting and teaching for various organizations.
Scott has done projects for the National Science Foundation, Natural Hazards Center, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Washington State Emergency Management Division, Washington State Department of Ecology, King County Office of Emergency Management, Oxfam GB, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Washington, ImageCAT, MCEER, and NOAA, as well as other funders or clients.
He is on the Washington State Seismic Safety Committee. He is a founding board member of the Washington State chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and serves on several committees of the national organization. Scott serves on the earthquake investigations committee of the Technical Council for Lifelines Earthquake Engineering. Scott is on the editorial board of American Society of Civil Engineer’s Natural Hazards Review journal. He was selected as a fellow of the National Science Foundation’s Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers.
Scott has performed with several bands in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, sometimes for money. When he isn’t working or playing, he’s probably doing crossfit.
Scott can be contacted at scott.miles at resilscience.com