Natural disasters and other catastrophic events lay bare the weaknesses in the legal system’s ability to respond to events of this scale. Our society must put into practice innovative policies to recover effectively and equitably from past disasters and to prepare for future catastrophes. The Disasters & the Law database maintained by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Library has been designed to assist this effort, by facilitating an exchange of information and ideas from fields as diverse as urban planning, bankruptcy law, and wetlands banking. The field of Disaster Law is proving to be a particularly rich arena for interdisciplinary study and innovation.
The ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) is an interdisciplinary research centre at LSE. Their core intellectual work focuses on the organisational and institutional settings for risk management and regulatory practices. CARR’s wide-ranging remit also involves working closely with government policy-makers and business practitioners, as well as advancing programmes to establish national and international scholarship (‘outreach’), and the development of younger scholars working in risk regulation studies.
The mission of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy (DPP) is to provide high quality policy analysis, program evaluation, and survey research for investigating important public problems facing Connecticut and the nation. DPP is committed to preparing students by education, outlook, and commitment for leadership positions in the areas of public policy, public management, and public opinion. DPP strives to be nationally and internationally known for the highest quality research, teaching, and public service in the areas of public policy, public administration, and public opinion. DPP is committed to having the highest standards of instruction, scholarship, and outreach through its academic programs.
Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence – Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management
The DHS Center of Excellence – Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management (DIEM) focuses on advancing understanding of hazard resilience and transferring that knowledge into action, resulting in a reduced loss of life or injury, and lessened damages to the built and natural environment.
The European Security Research Programme is a framework research and teaching programme in the Swedish National Defence College. It is financed by the Swedish Ministry of Defence and the Swedish Emergency Management Agency. The programme examines the new broad role that the European Union (EU) is playing for security as well as safety – at home and abroad. Research focuses on institutional factors that shape cooperation and capacity development related to crisis management and is conducted in the following areas: European security; The EU’s role for security and safety; European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP); The EU and Security Sector Reform (SSR); Europeanisation of national security and crisis management capacity.
The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center was created by the Florida Legislature in 2007. Housed within the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Business Law in the FSU College of Business, the Center supports the state’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic storms.
The Leiden University Crisis Research Centre (CRC) studies crisis management in the public sector. The CRC analyses how public institutions deal with all types of crisis. It aims to explain the origins of crisis and the outcomes of crisis management efforts.
Louisiana State University (LSU) offers an interdisciplinary graduate minor in Disaster Science and Management (DSM). It is designed for graduate students throughout LSU who wish to include in their graduate studies a core of courses in the science and engineering of natural or man-made hazards, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery of disasters. Students are encouraged to utilize the extensive hazards research capabilities of LSU and orient their thesis or dissertation research towards hazards or disasters. Non-thesis degree programs may be available from some LSU departments.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre is a new international centre that advances transdisciplinary research for governance of social-ecological systems with a special emphasis on resilience – the ability to deal with change and continue to develop. The aim is to create a world-leading transdisciplinary research centre that advances the understanding of complex social-ecological systems and generates new and elaborated insights and means for the development of management and governance practices.
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) was founded in l938 as a public service institution, politically independent, for information and research about international political issues. Information activities are geared towards the Swedish, general public while research at the Institute is conducted in contact and cooperation with both Swedish and international institutions and individual researchers. The Institute also has an important function as a forum for debate on international issues and as a meeting place for both academics and practitioners, journalists and politicians. The Institute publishes a number of periodicals, fact sheets and books in Swedish but also research and conference reports, monographs and a yearbook in English.
Founded at Syracuse University in 1924, the Maxwell School is renowned for a graduate professional education in public administration and international relations; grants master’s and doctoral degrees in the social sciences (e.g., political science, history, economics); and teaches the social sciences to undergraduate students of Syracuse University. (Undergraduate social-science degrees are awarded through Syracuse’s College of Arts and Sciences.)