Florida International University
Emel Ganapati is an associate professor in public administration at Florida International University. She holds a master’s degree in planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in planning from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include social capital, public participation, and disaster recovery. Ganapati’s work has been published in top planning, public administration and disaster journals, including the Public Administration Review, Journal of the American Planning Association, Administration and Society, Disasters, Natural Hazards Review, Natural Hazards, and the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters.
Ganapati has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of several domestic or international projects, including: Assessment of Cascading Failures and Collective Recovery of Interdependent Critical Infrastructure in Catastrophic Disasters: A Study of 2015 Earthquake in Nepal (Co-PI, funded by NSF), The Resilient Rural America: Drivers of Speedy and High Quality Recovery Following a Disaster (PI, funded by NSF), and Re-Housing Urban Haiti after the Earthquake: The Role of Social Capital (PI, funded by NSF). Furthermore, Ganapati conducted a project under the broader umbrella of the FIU-University of Miami Haiti Initiative (funded by NIH) entitled, Emotional Labor after the Haitian Earthquake: Haitian and International Disaster Relief and Early Recovery Workers in the Rubble. Due to her achievements in research and scholarship, Ganapati received one of the 2012 university wide top scholar awards at FIU.