N. Emel Ganapati

Florida International University

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N. Emel Ganapati is an associate professor of public policy and administration and the director of the Laboratory for Social Science Research, International Hurricane Research Center, at Florida International University (FIU). She holds planning degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California. Ganapati's research interests broadly relate to post-disaster recovery and resilience (e.g., social capital, participation), vulnerabilities of disaster response and recovery workers (e.g., burnout), concurrent disasters, and qualitative methods.

Ganapati has served as the principal investigator (PI), Co-PI or senior expert in several grants funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, Natural Hazard Center (with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NSF support), and the Ohio State University’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center. Her current grants deal with a number of topics ranging from multi-sector stakeholder decision-making processes for resilience and the impact of concurrent disaster events (e.g., COVID-19, hurricanes) on first responders and nonprofits to disaster risk reduction in 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Ganapati's work has been published in top planning, public administration and disaster journals. Due to her achievements in research and scholarship, Ganapati received one of the 2012 university-wide Top Scholar Awards at FIU. She serves as a member of FIU’s Institutional Review Board for Social Sciences. She is an associate behavioral and social science editor for the Natural Hazards Review journal. Ganapati is also a recipient of Florida Education Fund’s 2018 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award.