National Institute for Risk and Resilience


What's New

  • 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.
  • NIRR Associate Director Deven Carlson served as a panelist for an American Enterprise Institute research conference that explored lessons learned on K-12 reform strategies, with a focus on the Bush-Obama years.
  • NIRR affiliates publish new article which shows that individuals' political views have only limited effect on their perceptions of climate anomalies.
  • NIRR faculty affiliates publish article in Energy Policy that uses contingent valuation methods to estimate willingness to pay for GHG reductions provided by hydroelectric power.
  • Researchers at NIRR recently conducted a nationwide survey that measures public reception, understanding, and responsiveness to severe weather forecasts and warnings. Download the reference report for survey details, questions, and topline statistics.
  • NIRR faculty affiliate Kevin Simmons authors commentary piece for Dallas News on the huge financial damage caused by Hurricane Harvey
  • NIRR faculty affiliate Dr. Edward Cokely’s work on the use of visual aids in high-risk decision making processes highlighted in the Norman Transcript

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