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
01/26/2018

Do you have the passion to make a difference in the lives of others? Consider taking the first step toward a rewarding career in public service by applying to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA). Founded in 1958, GSPIA is one of the most recognized and comprehensive schools of its type in the world. GSPIA's 8,000 globally connected alumni hold prestigious positions in government, nonprofit organizations, business, and academia worldwide. 

01/09/2018

At the intersection of disaster management and leadership studies, the Leadership During Crisis Podcast explores stories from leaders who have led through a dynamic crisis. It considers the behaviors that are necessary to guide a team under stress, ambiguity, or even danger to achieve the best possible outcomes. Between December 2017 and April 2018, the podcast series will feature leaders across local, national, and global events, and conclude with lessons drawn from across episodes. 

10/27/2017

Jessica Smith (MPIA, SIS ‘17) works in the Disaster Cycle Services Department at the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania, which focuses on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programming for all of Allegheny County. The department provides significant resources for communities on disaster preparedness and response, including preparedness presentations for children, seniors, and more general audiences. The Red Cross also responds to house fires and other disasters every day in Allegheny County, ensuring those affected receive help to repair their home, find a new home, or replace other essential items. 

 

Center for Disaster Management
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