National Institute for Risk and Resilience


What's New

  • Scott Harvey (Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering and Environmental Science (CEES)), Samantha Heinrich (B.S. 2016, M.S. 2017, CEES), and Muralee Muraleetharan (Professor, CEES; Associate Director, National Institute for Risk and Resilience) had their research featured on the cover of the May 2018 issue of Earthquake Spectra. The related article, "A Framework for Post-Earthquake Response Planning in Emerging Seismic Regions: An Oklahoma Case Study," highlights the post-earthquake response protocol they developed for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) in collaboration with partners in industry.
  • BBC News highlights the Berlin Numeracy Test, a Risk Literacy assessment developed by NIRR faculty affiliate Edward Cokely and collaborators at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  • Brookings "Brown Center Chalkboard" Blog post by NIRR Associate Director Deven Carlson discusses the historical and political conditions that have led to the current Oklahoma teacher walkout
  • NIRR/CES&S Affiliates Release New White Paper on American Views of Nuclear Energy Technologies: Public Support for Small Modular Reactors
  • Workshop on Americans’ Perceptions of and Preferences for Nuclear Security
    NIRR/CES&S researchers held a workshop on the Nuclear Security Project at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM on January 31, 2018. The workshop focused on key findings concerning the evolution of broader public understanding of nuclear security, ranging from long-term trends in societal views of the importance of the nuclear arsenal to an analysis of the underlying reasons Americans give for the perceived need to retain and modify the nuclear arsenal.

Today’s society presents challenging social and natural risks that cannot be addressed through singular approaches. To effectively understand these risks, offer relevant policy solutions, and increase our resilience, we must develop innovative approaches that cross disciplinary boundaries. In response to these challenges, the National Institute for Risk and Resilience facilitates teaching, research, and outreach activities across academic disciplines, with practitioners, private partners and students to create interdisciplinary learning and collaborations, resulting in deeper understanding of and offering better solutions to these complex challenges.

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Risk Institute capacities...



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Analyze the relationship between real and perceived changes in weather and climate

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Use big data, social media, and machine learning to follow and analyze public conversations about risk
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Examine public views on national security issues like nuclear deterrence, terrorism, and the use of drones


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Measure decision-making skills
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Analyze public perceptions of the risks and benefits of varying energy sources
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Simulate the impacts of extreme events such as storm surges and earthquakes on infrastructure like bridges, roads, and levees


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Find innovative ways to design and construct resilient infrastructure in areas of extreme events, taking into consideration the changing climate
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Study community preparation for, responsiveness to, and recovery from extreme weather and water events