National Institute for Risk and Resilience

What's New

  • January 29, 2019
    How Economists Can Slow Climate Change: NIRR Affiliate Dr. Kevin Simmons publishes Op-Ed in the Dallas Morning News
  • January 23, 2019
    Results from the most recent Severe Weather and Society Survey are in! Download the reference report for survey details, questions, and summary statistics.
  • 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

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...


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

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

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

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