• Human Centered (Re-)Design of HAZUS-MH for Community Resilience

    Last year I joined University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering. A new research center was started a little before that called Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety and Regional Resilience. The gist of the mission of CoSSaR is that community resilience requires putting people and communities first in helping them …

  • Measuring state-level policy activity for earthquake resilience

    An article I co-authored recently came out on the topic of activity and coverage of state-level policies to improve earthquake resilience (mitigation was emphasized). The study catalogued “all” of the state-level legislation and executive orders either directly relevant to seismic risk reduction or clearly related. For the most part, these were determined by reference in …

  • Using theory to design data systems for community disaster resilience

    My now former masters student, Jonny, just posted his thesis titled “Investigating Effective Methods for Aggregating, Organizing, Storing, Managing, and Disseminating Community Resilience Data.” The title is a bit of a mouthful (a former boss of mine once told me that the shorter the title, the more impactful the paper). However, I think it represents a …

  • What is disaster research?

    Have you ever wondered just what disaster research is and how resilience fits into that field? I had the fortune to be asked by the National Academy of Science and Kavli Foundation to talk about just that topic. You’ll recognize many topics I’ve discussed on ResilScience throughout this video. It’s only 20 minutes long, there …