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Richard Little

Richard G. Little is a private consultant in infrastructure policy and a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute working on issues of disaster preparedness and community resilience. He was formerly Director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, he was Director of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Research Council (NRC) where he directed a program of studies in building and infrastructure research. He has conducted numerous studies dealing with life-cycle management and financing of infrastructure, project management, and hazard preparedness and mitigation and has lectured and published extensively on risk management and decision-making for critical infrastructure. Mr. Little has over forty years’ experience in planning, management, and policy development relating to civil infrastructure, including fifteen years with local government. His comments and positions on infrastructure and public finance issues appear regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. He has been certified by examination by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is Editor of Public Works Management & Policy. He was elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2008 and appointed to the California Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission in 2009. He received an M.S. in Urban-Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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Does Anybody Actually Use Disaster Research?