Center for Resilience Studies Launched
The university has established a new interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities to address the rising threat of natural and man made disasters by promoting the development of resilient systems, networks, and infrastructure that can withstand and recover quickly from catastrophe.
The Center for Resilence Studies, founded in July, is affiliated with the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, and will focus on developing effective approaches to averting the kinds of social and economic disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy last fall.
“One thing we must stop doing is neglecting our nation’s critical infrastructure such as transportation systems, the electric grid, fresh water and waste-water treatment systems that underpin our daily lives,” said political science professor Stephen Flynn, the CRS founding director. “When these systems become brittle because of age and overuse, they will fail badly as they did in New York City.”
Flynn, is the principal investigator for a multi-university project that is examining the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the project is a partnership with Columbia University, New York University, Stevens In- stitute of Technology, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The Center for Resilience Studies is leading an effort to create the Global Network for Resilience Research, a consortium of research institutes from countries around the world,including Israel, Germany, Singapore, France, Sweden, and Canada.
To uniquely prepare the next gen- eration of homeland security and emergency management leaders, Northeastern is also launching a first-in-the-nation master’s program in resilience studies this fall.