Community Resilience

Research conducted by the community resilience team hopes to inform future response and recovery tactics. The team has collaborated with several Gulf Coast communities and discovered the importance of considering cultural differences when developing recovery response plans.

Resilience Research Focus


Assessing social vulnerability and community resilience



Determining the role social networks play in resiliency



Determining the level of satisfaction with litigation




Science as Comfort: The strategic use of science in post-disaster settings

This study examines the use of science and technology in recovery following disruptive events. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, seafood testing procedures allowed the utilization of science as a tool to reduce uncertainty generated by the disaster for consumers and seafood workers.

Journal Article


Compensation and Community Corrosion: Perceived inequalities, social comparisons, and competition following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Assessed the perceived effects of post-disaster compensation following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The study examined interviews of residents from four Gulf Coast communities and the extent to which the claims process hindered recovery efforts.

Journal Article