Louise Comfort

University of Pittsburgh

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Louise K. Comfort is a professor and former director at the Center for Disaster Management within the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She also works at the Policy Lab in the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California, Berkeley and is a concurrent professor in the School of Government at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. As an affiliated faculty member with the CITRIS Policy Lab, Comfort has participated with the University of California faculty on three small research projects related to wildfire in California. These projects include studies of: collective action in communities exposed to recurring hazards, focusing on the Camp Fire of November 8, 2018; cognition to action in extreme events, using rapid prototyping to support decision making in the policy process; and developing a resilient road network in wildfire events by integrating traffic network analysis and communication network analysis at a regional scale.  

Comfort is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, since 2006. Her most recent book is The Dynamics of Risk: Changing Technologies and Collective Action in Seismic Events, Princeton University Press, June 2019. She currently serves as Chief Editor, Social Sciences, for the Natural Hazards Review and as Board Member, International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum.