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Natural Hazards Resilience Speakers Series: Dr. Tom Birkland
January 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dr. Tom Birkland, William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University: “Lesson-Drawing from Natural Hazards and Disasters”
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 the William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University. Prior to that time Dr. Birkland 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 examines the agenda-setting power of disasters and accidents, called (after John Kingdon) focusing events. His more recent book, Lessons of Disaster, is a follow-up to After Disaster, and relates focusing events, learning, and policy change.