DRC-Disaster Research Center


Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf

Associate Director
Disaster Research Center

166F Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2581
Phone: (302) 831-1254
Fax: (302) 831-2091

Email: twachten@udel.edu

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


Active Studies

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

“Collaborative CDI Type II: Cyber Enabled Discovery System for Advanced
Multidisciplinary Study of Humanitarian Logistics for Disaster Response”



Tricia Wachtendorf is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware and the Associate Director of the world-renown Disaster Research Center – the oldest center in the world focused on the social science aspects of disaster. Over the past two decades, her research has focused on multi-organizational coordination before, during and after disasters, transnational crises, and social vulnerability to disaster events. Dr. Wachtendorf has engaged in quick response field work after such events as the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, the tsunamis affecting India, Sri Lanka (2004) and Japan (2011), Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Sandy (2012), as well as the earthquakes in China (2008) and Haiti (2010). With numerous research grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, she has published widely on improvisation in disasters as well as disaster convergence. Her most recent funded research projects examine the temporal nature of household and emergency management decision-making during hurricane events, investigate humanitarian logistics during disaster response, and use a visual sociology approach to explore benchmarks of recovery following the 2011 disaster in Japan.