Social/Community Resilience Panel

Tuesday, September 19

This panel on social and community resilience approaches risk and threat from a critical but under-emphasized perspective: the role of social networks and cohesion in organizational and community resilience. Where many continue to envision resilience in terms of physical or cyber infrastructure, this panel brings together subject matter experts who have used quantitative and qualitative data to illuminate how connections between individuals and groups serve as critical drivers for bouncing back from shocks. After a series of short (<8 minute) presentations about ongoing research, the panel will discuss the frontiers of resilience research with a focus on measurement, applications, and policy recommendations.


Daniel P. Aldrich, Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program and Professor, Northeastern University
Daniel Aldrich

Daniel P. Aldrich is Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program and Professor in political science and public policy at Northeastern University. Aldrich has published four books (Site Fights (2008), Building Resilience (2012), Resilience and Recovery in Asian Disasters (2014), and Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities (2015)), more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, and written op-eds for the New York Times, The Conversation, CNN, and many other media outlets. He has spent more than 5 years in India, Japan, and Africa carrying out fieldwork on resilience and recovery and his work has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the Abe Foundation, and the Japan Foundation, among other institutions.


Dr. Kimberly Gill, Research Scientist, Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware

Kimberly Gill is a sociologist whose research focuses on community resilience, social vulnerability, and the public health aspects of disaster. She works as a Research Scientist for the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. She received a M.A. in Applied Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Gill served as the Program Manager for the Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) at Columbia University’s School of Public Health, National Center for Disaster Preparedness and as the Assistant Director of the Office of Mental Health Disaster Preparedness and Response at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch is Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Director of Academic and Student Programs and a senior fellow for the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She is an alumna of the Mercatus Center MA Fellowship program. Stefanie earned her PhD in economics at George Mason University in 2016. After receiving an MA in economics at George Mason University in 2010, she completed a Presidential Management Fellowship where she worked in emergency and disaster manamgement at both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and then the US Forest Service.

Duane A. Gill, Regents Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events, Oklahoma State University
Duane gill

Duane A. Gill is Regents Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events at Oklahoma State University. He was part of a research team that investigated impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill through a series of longitudinal studies spanning 24 years. He led an NSF-funded research project to document and understand impacts of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in coastal Alabama. Dr. Gill collaborated on several studies of Hurricane Katrina and organized and led a Katrina Summit that brought together national and local disaster scholars to discuss research needs and approaches to the disaster. These research activities generally seek to understand community capacity to respond to and recover from disasters, as well as ways to enhance community preparedness and resilience. Dr. Gill is a Fulbright Scholar, having spent the 1998-99 academic year at the University of Bahrain and the Fall 2015 semester as a Visiting Research Chair in Native Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada.

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