DRC-Disaster Research Center

Dr. Joseph E Trainor

Assistant Professor,
Disaster Research Center

166D Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2581
Phone: (302) 831-4203
Fax: (302) 831-2091

Email: jtrainor@udel.edu

For a full list of publications & activities, please see:
Trainor, Curriculum Vitae.

Active Studies 

For detailed descriptions of these studies, visit the Active Studies page.

  • Co-PI: “Hazards SEES Type 2:
    Next Generation Resilient Warning Systems for Tornado and Flash Floods"

  • Co-PI: “Using information at different spatial scales to estimate demand and to support asset management decision making”

  • Co-PI: “Collaborative Research: An Interdiscipinary Approach to Modeling Multiple Stakeholder Decision-making to Reduce Regional Natural Disaster Risk"

  • Co-PI: "Understanding the Relaitonship Between Household Decisions and Infrastructure Investment in Disaster Recovery: Cases from Superstorm Sandy"


Joseph E. Trainor, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and a Core Faculty Member of the Disaster Research Center, where he, conducts research, provides consultation, teaches, and mentors students.

Trainor conducts multi-disciplinary, mixed methods, qualitative, and quantitative research focused on different dimensions of disasters and crises. His studies include “basic” science, applied research, and rapid reconnaissance post-disaster fieldwork studies. Recent projects have focused on: International Aspects of Disasters; Disaster Researcher and Practitioner Integration; Warnings, Risk Perception, and Protective Action Decision making for short fuse hazards; Post Hurricane Housing Decisions; Household Insurance and Mitigation Decision, and Multi-organizational Response. Findings from these efforts have led to over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, over a dozen disaster related reports and invited publications, thesis, and dissertations many co-authored with students. Trainor frequently presents research findings to academic, professional, and public audiences.

In terms of instruction, Joe is a core faculty member in the Disaster Science and Management (DISA) program. He teaches courses and advises students in the DISA, the Urban Affairs and Public Policy PhD, and the Public Policy BA. He also serves on key committees for these programs and for the School of Public Policy and Administration.

Finally, Trainor has international experience and has worked on projects with collaborators in India, Sri Lanks, Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, and Australia. He is particularly interested in exploring how different cultural settings impact human interpretation and response to disasters and how different places approach the management of risk and disasters.