North Carolina State University
Gavin Smith is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, climate change adaptation, and the integration of research and practices through deep community engagement.
Current educational efforts are focused on the development of a graduate certificate in disaster resilient policy, engineering, and design and helping to coordinate a university-wide effort focused on disaster resilience spanning research, teaching, and engagement-related activities. Smith has written the text Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: A Review of the United States Disaster Assistance Framework (Island Press, 2011) and served as the co-editor of the text Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from Natural Hazards Planning (Springer, 2014) as well as writing numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and practice-oriented reports. Smith’s current research includes assessing the state of disaster resilient design education at United States universities and gubernatorial leadership in disaster recovery.
Smith has advised four governors including Governor Hunt following Hurricanes Fran and Floyd and Governor Barbour following Hurricane Katrina. During Hurricanes Fran and Floyd, Smith led teams responsible for the acquisition and elevation of more than 5,000 and 500 homes respectively. More recently, Smith led a team of eight faculty, 18 graduate students, and two practitioners assisting six hard-hit low capacity communities following Hurricane Matthew. This effort, which lasted more than two years, focused on addressing local needs not addressed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the State of North Carolina.