National Institute for Risk and Resilience

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  • November 11, 2019
    NIRR Faculty Affiliate Dr. Deven Carlson will be speaking December 10th at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. During the panel, Dr. Carlson will discuss the challenges that lie ahead for the inclusion of Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 education. For more information on the panel discussion, visit:
  • September 13, 2019
    Researchers at NIRR recently conducted a nationwide survey that measures public reception, understanding, and responsiveness to severe weather forecasts and warnings. Click the link below to see survey details, questions, and topline statistics.
  • 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.

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