RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Alex Greer

Assistant Professor

University at Albany, State University of New York


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Alex Greer is an assistant professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at SUNY Albany. He earned his Ph.D. in disaster science and management from the University of Delaware, where he worked as a research assistant at the Disaster Research Center. Greer conducts interdisciplinary, mixed methods research on a number of topics related to disaster science. His research interests include hazard adjustments, relocation decision-making processes, and organizational culture. He has a number of ongoing projects, including a National Science Foundation funded study exploring earthquake adjustment in Oklahoma, a quick response project studying buyouts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and a study funded by the International Association of Fire Chiefs investigating organizational culture and leadership in the fire service. He has presented this research at a number of venues, including the International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology, Northern European conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies, Southern Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, and the Natural Hazards Workshop. He has published in a number of outlets, including recent publications in Risk, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy, the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, and Housing Policy Debate. His work has been cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio, among others. He has engaged in quick response fieldwork after a number of events, including the Pawnee earthquake of 2016, Moore tornado of 2013, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.