DRC-Disaster Research Center

About the Disaster Research Center

While much of the research at DRC has been interdisciplinary throughout its existence, DRC has embarked on a new era as the Center builds on and maintains its foundation in social science while broadening its activities to embrace more explicitly interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and cross disciplinary research. Graduate and undergraduate training has been an integral component of DRC's mission. Graduate researchers from DRC have gone on to careers at leading universities, prominent research centers, key disaster-oriented government agencies, and private sector organizations that deal with disaster and risk issues.

DRC activities have been supported by diverse sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Other sources of funding include the NOAA Sea Grant Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, Public Entity Risk Institute, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

To learn more about DRC's history,
we encourage you to read a first-hand accounts by E.L. Quarantelli: Early History of DRC