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Disaster Risk Reduction


Disasters constitute significant threats to at-risk communities around the world, with their potential harm increasing with increased human vulnerability and the effects of climate change. Disaster risk reduction [DRR] policies, actions intended to reduce the loss of life and reduce economic loss after natural disasters, save between $7 and $14 for every dollar spent. Given their considerable benefits, why do many at-risk communities refrain from implementing DRR policies?

A book manuscript (with Douglas A. Van Belle) and a series of articles and working papers examine the politics of disaster risk reduction, focusing on the intersection of news media, politics, and public opinion to explain variation in the adoption of DRR policies.

Publications and Works in Progress:

  • (with Reyna L. Reyes-Nunez). “Who Prepares? Earthquake Risk, Vulnerability, and Individual Behavior in California.”

  • (with Whitney Hua and EMGT 3040 students). “The Moral Foundations of Federal Disaster Preparedness Spending.”

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