CyberGIS Day 2015 Keynote to be delivered by Susan Cutter

Geospatial Analytics for Disaster Resilience and Recovery

Join us at NCSA at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 27th

Dr. Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina and director of the university’s Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute and the IRDR Centre of Excellence in Vulnerability and Resilience Metrics.  Her primary research interests are in the area of disaster vulnerability/resilience science—what makes people and the places where they live vulnerable to extreme events and how vulnerability and resilience are measured, monitored, and assessed.  She has authored or edited thirteen books, more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her latest book, Hurricane Katrina and the Forgotten Coast of Mississippi examines the post-disaster recovery along the coast and the role that historic, economic, and social factors play in producing the differential recovery that is so apparent today.

She has led post-event field studies of the role of geographic information technologies in rescue and relief operations in the September 11th World Trade Center attack, studies of evacuation behavior from Three Mile Island (1979), Hurricane Floyd (1999), and the Graniteville, South Carolina train derailment and chlorine spill (2005).  She has also led field teams to examine post-event recovery in coastal Mississippi (2005) after Hurricane Katrina and in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy (2012).

Dr. Cutter serves on many national advisory boards and committees including those of National Research Council (NRC), the AAAS, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Natural Hazards Center, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).    She also served as Vice-Chair of the international Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Science Committee supported by ISSC, ICSU, and UN-ISDR.  She was a coordinating lead author of Chapter 5 of the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.   She also chaired the committee that produced the recent National Research Council report, Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

Dr. Cutter is co-executive editor of Environment, associate editor of Weather, Climate, and Society, and on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Extreme Events. She also serves on the editorial boards of Challenges in Sustainability, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Natural Hazards, and the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. She recently accepted the position as Editor-in-Chief of Natural Hazard Science, an Oxford Research Encyclopedia (ORE) published online by the Oxford University Press.

She is an elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (1999). She is also past President of the Association of American Geographers (2000) and past President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) (2008).  In 2006, Dr. Cutter was the recipient of the Decade of Behavior Research Award. In 2011 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Geographers.  Dr. Cutter held the Munich Re Foundation Chair (2009-2012) on Social Vulnerability through the United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security, in Bonn, Germany.  In 2013, she received the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Faculty Achievement award and earlier this year, she received an honorary degree from Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She has supervised 22 dissertations and 41 master’s theses.  She received her B.A. from California State University, East Bay and her M.A. and Ph.D. (1976) from the University of Chicago.

  • 08/25/2015