The mission of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute is to save the lives of people and animals by continuously improving disaster response management through leadership in applied research and executive education. Additionally, the institute seeks to close the gap between practitioners and academic researchers by causing collaboration between these critical players. The result is leading research that can be applied to the management challenges that face government and business leaders and emergency managers.
- Bring business principles and research to bear on disasters
- Produce applied research and disseminate best practices to the business and practitioner communities
- Build partnerships between academic scholars, emergency management practitioners, and the private sector
Research Meets Practice:
The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute enhances LSU’s ability to focus its existing programs and research capacity on the particular problems of disasters, while adding additional capacity with respect to strategic management and decision making. The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute works with its LSU research affiliates to collaborate on projects and research proposals that will improve disaster preparedness and response. Research disciplines span across multiple departments, including engineering, psychology, sociology, information systems & decision sciences, veterinary medicine, economics, and computer science. Serving as the interface between researchers and practitioners, the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute supports projects that encourage partnerships between these communities that inform and improve the quality of research and assure that academic findings are translated into solutions business and emergency managers can use in the field.
What They Are Saying About SDMI:
“As a native Louisianan and someone who has seen the front lines of Katrina, I am encouraged to know that this institute is working to the left of disasters, before it’s too late. This proactive work will ensure that we see, understand, and act before disaster strikes, building a culture of preparedness. I fully support the mission of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute and its work in crisis management education to make our country more resilient. We are survivors, not victims.”
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré
U.S. Army (Ret)
“SDMI is uniquely suited to bring together intellectual and operational perspectives on disaster management, response, and recovery. LSU offers global academic reach and the Gulf Coast regional setting gives SDMI unquestionable on-the-ground credibility. The result is an institution that is poised to serve as a national, and ultimately global, leader in tackling these complex problems.”
Rick “Ozzie” Nelson
Senior Fellow and Director, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies