Michelle Annette Meyer is an assistant research scientist in the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University and will join the Sociology faculty of Louisiana State University as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2014. Her research and teaching interests include disaster resilience and mitigation, climate change displacement, environmental sociology and community sustainability, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the interplay between environmental conditions and social vulnerability. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Colorado State University focusing on social capital and collective efficacy in individual and community resilience and social vulnerability in hurricane-prone communities. She has worked on a variety of projects related to disasters and environmental sociology, such as PI on a NSF project comparing recovery between two small towns affected by technological and natural disasters; electronic survey about hazard mitigation practices in Atlantic and Gulf Coast jurisdictions; understanding hurricane risk perception along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts; analyzing the inclusion of disability in disaster planning; studying the implementation of energy efficiency practices in local communities; among others. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National PERISHIP Dissertation Fellowship, Midwest Sociological Society, and the Rural Sociological Society.
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