Resilience and Natural Hazards

Increasing pressures on natural resources from resource use and climate impacts along with the increasing vulnerability of communities to natural disasters highlights the need to better address natural and socio-economic resilience. PPPM research in this area includes issues such as the need:

  • for communities to better prepare for natural hazards to reduce impacts and improve recovery
  • to manage resources in the context of climate change and use pressure

The Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR) is an applied research program working toward the mission of creating a disaster resilient state. Developed and coordinated by the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) at the University of Oregon, OPDR employs a service learning model to increase community capacity and enhance disaster safety and resilience statewide.


Richard Margerum: Collaborative governance
Rebecca Lewis: Land use policy
Nicole Ngo: Environmental health
Josh Bruce: Resilience preparedness planning