Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Disaster Management is to educate the next generation of researchers, analysts, policy makers and professional managers in disaster management-related disciplines through a world-class integrated program of innovative knowledge generation. It will enhance the quality of the educational experience for graduate and professional students who participate in the Center’s research and education projects.

Message from the Director

In communities across the world, we are facing increasingly complex, interrelated, and evolving risks. We are also facing critical decisions about how to best address these risks towards building a future in which we are more adaptable and resilient. The field of emergency management lies at the intersection of some of our most pressing social issues, and GSPIA’s Center for Disaster Management (CDM) serves as a resource for practitioners and students across disciplines to address these challenges through innovative research, collaboration, and education. Read more.  

 
Recent News
07/11/2018

This summer, GSPIA’s Leadership During Crisis Podcast published two additional episodes exploring the behaviors of leaders who are effective in crisis. The podcasts cover responses to the 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2015 Charleston Church shooting. 

03/19/2018

GSPIA's Leadership During Crisis Podcast -- sponsored by the Center for Disaster Management and the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum -- posted its second episode focused on Pittsburgh's water infrastructure crisis. This episode, led by PhD student Lucy Gillespie, explores crisis leadership from several unique dimensions in asking not only how local leaders are managing Pittsburgh's recent boil water alerts, but - more importantly - what they are doing in the mid and long-term to avoid a more significant water crisis like what occurred in Flint, Michigan.

02/28/2018

Often, the most visible elements of a response to disaster are first responders and operational teams; however, behind the scenes are always the financial, logistics, and policy staff who help make disaster preparedness and response possible. Ed Roes (MPA ’86) is one these individuals. Ed serves as a senior member of the City of Los Angeles’ administrative team, focusing on services that support the city’s public safety and emergency services. He has served the City for nearly 30 years. 

 

Center for Disaster Management
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