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Institutional Ties

Central to successful functioning, strong collaborative ties are being established with selected North American and foreign institutions active in the systematic study of disasters.


Forums such as regular workshops and colloquia open to a sophisticated public are necessary for discussing and dealing with the theoretical, methodological, and political issues related to DASG goals and activities. More specifically, these gatherings are essential for expediting research of disaster consequences by developing situation specific research strategies, methods, and techniques as well as for implementing templates for DASG/CIFAS-related satellite research and application centers to help address the social, political and ethical issues associated with cross-cultural information-sharing.

Disaster Research Directory

To identify those scientists and scientific organizations world-wide with interests and experience directly relevant for disaster study; to confirm their specific professional credentials and area competencies; and, to ascertain their availability for collaborative problem solving and rapid deployment research.

Disaster Research Database

For DASG staff and the community of disaster researchers, an on-line, continuously updated, state-of-the-art database of relevant publications, reports, manuscripts as well as digitized photographic, video, and film materials will be compiled and maintained. It is of interest to note that such a necessary, easily accessible collection does not exist anywhere in the United States.

Field Training School

A permanent field training school will be maintained by DASG/CIFAS for graduate students and junior faculty from New York area universities as well as scientists and relevant professionals from such organizations as the FAO, ILO, World Bank, and IRI aspiring for careers in fields related to disaster study and management. The school will provide a yearlong intensive, hands-on training in relevant research design, field methods, and field techniques for student cohorts ranging in size from eight to ten. The course will consist of three phases.


The in-house research objectives of DASG are: (a) to develop and implement holistic study of the disaster process (preconditions – the event itself – and consequences); (b) to develop and coordinate rapid deployment social science research of natural and technological disasters; and (c) to help identify the determinants of success or failure of scientific predictions of disaster probability. In the recent past, DASG personnel have been involved with three pilot field projects, each focused on a different phase of a disaster process, each employing different methods, and each generating different kinds of data. The field methods and techniques employed, the kinds of data generated, and the analytic frames employed in each of these three studies will be used in DASG workshops and in field training sessions as illustrative case material.