People inspecting a wildfire affected area

Studying the Marshall Fire recovery to help communities rebuild

Sept. 19, 2022

An interdisciplinary team of University of Colorado Boulder researchers has received a major National Science Foundation grant to study long-term community impacts of the Marshall fire to help improve outcomes from future disasters.

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Civil engineering student, a tsunami survivor, awarded fellowship to study disaster recovery

June 24, 2022

Ilham Siddiq survived the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami and is now using his firsthand disaster knowledge to evaluate the effectiveness of recovery policies. Siddiq, a civil engineering PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder and native of Indonesia, has earned a prestigious United States Agency for...

Philippines housing plans

How perceptions of risk and housing safety change in a multihazard environment

July 7, 2021

PhD student Briar Goldwyn, Dr. Amy Javernick-Will, and Dr. Abbie Liel have published a technical paper in ASCE's Natural Hazard Review titled "Dilemma of the Tropics: Changes to Housing Safety Perceptions, Preferences, and Priorities in Multihazard Environments".

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Bridges to Prosperity Pilot Impact Evaluation

Dec. 10, 2018

Isolation caused by lack of transportation infrastructure affects almost every facet of life for the rural poor. Without adequate transportation access, families cannot access schools, health care, employment, or local markets to sell and buy goods. The World Bank estimates that nearly a billion people worldwide lack access to an...


Infrastructure Resilience and Disaster Recovery

Project Lead: Amy Javernick-Will Given the increasing number and impact of disasters, research is needed to determine how to enable community recovery and foster resiliency. Associate Professor Amy Javernick-Will and her students focus on this increasingly vital aspect of community development. Current Projects: Building Capacity for Safer Shelter: Leveraging Local...


Hazard Resistant Design

Project Lead: Abbie Liel This NSF-funded project proposes a new building life-cycle assessment method, based on the tradeoffs and interdependence of structural, economic, and environmental features. The framework quantifies environmental impacts of hazard-resistance and green design, promoting a more holistic approach to decisions about building design and hazard mitigation. Measurement...