Dr. James Opaluch

Dr. James OpaluchUniversity of Rhode Island

Project: Overcoming Barriers to Motivate Community Action to Enhance Resilience

Other Research Participants/Partners: Austin Becker, University of Rhode Island; Donald Robadue, University of Rhode Island; Pamela Rubinoff, Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island

Project Description: To date there is little quantitative information on the ability of communities to adapt to the threat of coastal hazards (e.g., Corps of Engineers, 2012). This project will help increase community resilience by providing a better understanding of the barriers that communities face in adapting to coastal storm hazards, and by designing and testing interventions that can have the potential to overcome these barriers. We will combine individual interviews, group decision processes and policy simulation exercises to identify key barriers and to design interventions to overcome those barriers.

Project Abstract

Research Interests: Decision research and policy simulation

Presentations and Reports:
2016 Annual Meeting presentation
2017 Annual Meeting presentation
Year 1 Annual Report

Year 2 Annual Report

CRC News:
Center credited in report from National Academies
Students participate in second annual summer exchange program
Researchers focus on actions that increase preparedness, resilience
Dr. Opaluch explains his project:


Contact Information:
Email: jimo@uri.edu
Phone: (401)874-4590