Dr. Joanne Nigg
Dr. Joanne M. Nigg is a Professor of Sociology and a former Director of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. Since 1975, she has been involved in research on the societal response to natural, technological, and environmental hazards and disasters. Currently, she is a core faculty member of the Disaster Research Center.
Dr. Nigg headed a multidisciplinary team that conducted a Congressionally-required public risk assessment for the proposed high level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. She was also a member of the Research Committee (which set the cross-disciplinary research agendas ) for the NSF-funded Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research.
Dr. Nigg is the author, co-author or editor of seven books and over 100 articles, book chapters, reports or papers on individual, organizational, and governmental response to, preparation for, mitigation of, and recovery from natural and technological threats and disasters.
Dr. Nigg has been a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on over 20 research projects, totaling over $3.2 million, covering subjects such as:
“Predicting Earthquakes: Science, Pseudoscience, and the Public Policy Paradox.” Pp. 135-156 in Daniel Sarawitz, Roger A. Pielke, Jr., and Radford Byerly, Jr. (eds.), Prediction: Science, Decision Making, and the Future of Nature. Washington, DC: Island Press. 2000.
"Risk Communication and Warning Systems." Pages 369-382 in Tom Horlick-Jones, Aniello Amendola and Riccardo Casale (eds.) Natural Risk and Civil Protection. London, England: E & FN Spon. 1995.
"Nevada Urban Residents' Attitudes Toward a Nuclear Waste Repository" co-authored with Alvin H. Mushkatel and K. David Pijawka. Pages 239-262 in Riley E. Dunlap, Michael E. Kraft, and Eugene A. Rosa (eds.), Public Reactions to Nuclear Waste. Duke University Press. 1993.
Prediction and Perception of Natural Hazards, co-edited with J. Nemec and F. Sicardi. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1993.
Waiting for Disaster co-authored with Ralph H. Turner and Denise H. Paz. Los Angeles: University of California Press. 1986.