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.
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.)