National Institute for Risk and Resilience

What's New

  • March 9, 2020
    How sure are you? NIRR recently published an article in the Journal Nature Climate Change that found individual-level climate change beliefs are considerably less stable than previous literature and aggregate survey trends suggest. Contrary to the expectation of rough symmetry in partisan polarization on climate change, OU's study found that partisans on the political right have much more variable beliefs about climate change than do partisans on the left. Therefore, despite polarizing elite rhetoric, public beliefs about climate change maintain the potential to shift toward broader acceptance and a perceived need for action.
  • November 25, 2019
    This week's Washington Post highlighted NIRR affiliates' recent work on the value of a statistical dog's life. Read the Post article here and the full article in the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis here!
  • November 11, 2019
    NIRR Director Dr. Hank Jenkins-Smith will be speaking December 10th at an NIRR co-sponsored panel event on science journalism, risk communication, and policymaking at the National Press Club. Dr. Jenkins-Smith will be joined by several prestigious scientists and journalists to speak on the topic “Science Reporting in a Changing Climate: How Can We Do Better?"

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