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Natural Hazards Resilience Speakers Series: Dr. Tom Birkland

January 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Dr. Tom Birkland, North Carolina State University -“Lesson-Drawing from Natural Hazards and Disasters”

Dr. Tom Birkland
Dr. Tom Birkland

Dr. Tom Birkland will provide an introduction to the United States’ natural hazards and disaster policymaking process.  Emphasis will be placed on the comparative evolution of earthquake and hurricane policy in the United States as a way to unpack this process.

Dr. Birkland is Associate Dean for Research and Engagement and Professor of Public Policy in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University.  Prior to that, he served for 12 years on the faculty in the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. Dr Birkland will examine the agenda-setting power of disasters and accidents, called focusing events (see John Kingdon). His more recent book, Lessons of Disaster, is a follow-up to After Disaster, and relates focusing events, learning and policy change.

This event is being held in Room 317 of Bingham Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


January 30, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Coastal Resilience Center


Bingham Hall
Bingham Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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