Disaster Reconstruction Video Highlights Findings from Typhoon Haiyan

Jan. 17, 2018

Explore our findings from 3 years of longitudinal research on humanitarian shelter projects in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in our new animated video!

Javernick-Will, Liel (CU Boulder), and Rivera (CU Boulder) awarded Innovative Seed Grant "Post Disaster Housing Reconstruction: Participation, Performance, and Resilience"

March 27, 2017

Associate Professor Amy Javernick-Will, along with PhD student Casie Venable and Co-PIs Abbie Liel (Structural Engineering) and Danielle Rivera (Environmental Design), received an Innovative Seed Grant from the University of Colorado to study housing in the aftermath of the April 2016 earthquake in Ecuador. With this grant, the team will examine how communities participate in rebuilding housing, how these rebuilt houses are expected to perform, and the link between participation and performance.

CU Boulder to lead $15.3 million initiative for sustainable water and sanitation for development

Nov. 3, 2016

The University of Colorado Boulder has been selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a $15.3 million effort to better understand how to improve the sustainability of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions in the developing world. Globally, more than 2.4 billion people lack access to...

Javernick-Will, Liel, Sheehan, and Ritchie awarded National Science Foundation RIPS grant “The Risk Landscape of Earthquakes Induced by Deep Wastewater Injection"

Aug. 5, 2015

The United States is experiencing a major expansion of domestic oil and gas production. These activities involve large amounts of water, both in hydraulic fracturing and in reservoir production, and the energy boom has been accompanied by a major increase in wastewater disposal by injection. There is growing evidence that...

Javernick-Will, Liel, Palen, Goldstein, and Dashti awarded National Science Foundation RIPS grant “The Interdependence of Built, Social and Information Infrastructures for Community Resilience: A Participatory Process"

Aug. 14, 2014

This project supports foundational research that explores and creates collaborative processes to foster community resilience. Current approaches that characterize resilience are engineering-based and predict possible infrastructure damage in the face of acute and/or chronic stressors. When resilience is more broadly reframed as the interdependence between the built, social, and information...

Javernick-Will and Tong (CU Boulder) awarded National Science Foundation SoO grant "Knowledge Governance and its Effects on Knowledge Mobilization"

July 28, 2014

The ability of an organization to mobilize knowledge when and where it is needed is fundamental for organizational performance. When done effectively, this ability can help organizations reduce repeated mistakes, spread innovation and best practices, and avoid dedicating resources to problems that have been solved previously. To date, various organizational...

Javernick-Will and Koschmann (CU Boulder) awarded National Science Foundation CIS and IMME grant "Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems: Post-Disaster Reconstruction Processes and Stakeholder Networks"

July 18, 2014

Sustainable infrastructure that is used and maintained by communities over time, and resilient networks that can support infrastructure construction and repair in times of crisis, are sorely needed. Unfortunately, conventional approaches in post-disaster reconstruction focus primarily on rapid and recognizable results (e.g., number of houses built), over long-term results, causing...

Javernick-Will, Amadei (CU Boulder), Tierney (CU Boulder), and Ragin (UC Irvine) awarded National Science Foundation IMEE grant "A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Community Recovery"

March 29, 2012

This research aims to build a comprehensive theory of pathways to recovery following a disaster by linking pre-disaster measures of causal conditions to recovery outcomes. Despite efforts to improve community resilience to disasters, the number and economic impact of disasters has increased each year over the past 25 years. At...

Javernick-Will and Leslie (EWB-USA) awarded National Science Foundation REE grant "Collaborative Research: Gender Diversity, Identity and EWB-USA"

Sept. 20, 2011

This engineering education research project seeks to learn why the engineering service organization Engineers Without Borders is successful at attracting a large number of women volunteers and thus better understand the factors that can help recruit women into engineering degree programs. The project uses the constructs of self-efficacy and outcome...

Javernick-Will, Chinowsky (CU Boulder), Riddle, and Taylor (Virgina Tech) awarded National Science Foundation VOSS grant "Creating Global, Multi-lateral, Knowledge-Sharing Communities of Practice"

Aug. 15, 2011

Social knowledge sharing networks are central to organizational success, but with the growth in distributed global organizations, many firms are struggling with the challenge of creating and maintaining relationships that cross geographic, disciplinary, national, and cultural boundaries. This study investigates communities of practice within multinational engineering and construction organizations to...