I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Security Studies at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs and Research Assistant at the Resilient, Intelligent, and Energy Systems Cluster at the University of Central Florida.
Disasters are political, and they require an interdisciplinary approach to investigate their triggers, management, and mitigation. As a disaster scientist, I research how to improve vulnerable communities’ disaster resilience by tailoring emergency management plans to local specificities, overcoming environmental injustice with low-income housing relocation, and strengthening energy security via sources diversification.
It sounds easy to accomplish on paper but less in the real world, right? That is why my studies always include three key elements: In-the-field data collection, recommendations for policymakers, and cost-benefit analysis so my policy recommendations can better advocate for themselves.