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
10/06/2017

In a matter of weeks, three major hurricanes levied profound impacts on communities across the Caribbean and parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Thousands of people are engaged in ongoing response and recovery operations, including GSPIA alumni: 

10/05/2017

Miriam Belblidia (MPA '09) came to GSPIA knowing she wanted to study disaster management. Ten years later, she is at the helm of an innovative water management company, Water Works, in New Orleans, working across the disciplines of science, art, and history to build community resilience. 

07/25/2017

Dr. Louise Comfort accepted the 2017 B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management in Higher Education from North Dakota State University. The award is given annually to scholars who have made contributions to the field of emergency management, a field to which Dr. Comfort has dedicated her career. 

 

Center for Disaster Management
3807 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260