Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research


September 4, 2020

Himanshu Grover

Co-Director of Institute for Hazards Mitigation Research and Planning Dr. Grover’s research focuses at the intersection of land use planning, community resilience, and climate change. In his research Dr. Grover examines inter-linkages between physical development, socio-economic concerns, and the natural environment. Specifically, Dr. Grover is interested in climate change management (both mitigation and adaptation strategies),…


Manish Chalana

Dr. Manish Chalana’s research and teaching emphasize themes in historic preservation planning, international planning and development; and urban history. His work draws on his academic training as well as his professional and personal experiences in both the United States and his native India. Within historic preservation planning, he focuses on 1) planning for large-scale cultural…


Michael K. Lindell

Michael K. Lindell has conducted research on emergency preparedness and response for a wide range of natural and technological hazards over the past 40 years. He has conducted research or provided technical services to 40 different organizations in the public and private sectors. He has provided technical assistance on radiological emergency preparedness for the International…


Daniel Abramson

Currently, Prof. Abramson focuses on community resilience and adaptive planning in disaster recovery and hazard mitigation, as well as periurban and rural responses to rapid urbanization. Students at all levels of undergraduate and graduate education join his work, through course projects, community-engaged studios as well as thesis and dissertation research. Projects in Washington integrate studios…


Lan T. Nguyen

Bio coming soon.


Catharina Depari

Catharina Depari is a Ph.D. student in the Urban Design and Planning’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program and works as a lecturer at the Department of Architecture of Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her research interests evolve around community resilience and hazards mitigations. She began research in this area in 2007 for her master’s thesis and continued…


Pranjali Rai

Pranjali is a Doctoral Student associated with the Institute of Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on integrated climate change adaptation and risk reduction planning in local jurisdictions. She completed her dual-masters in community planning and architecture from the University of Maryland in 2016. She is an AICP…


Elizabeth Maly

Elizabeth Maly is an Associate Professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Risk Science, Tohoku University, in Sendai Japan. With the theme of people-centered housing recovery, her research interests are community-based housing recovery and temporary, transitional and permanent housing provision within reconstruction–including policy, process and housing form–that support successful life recovery for disaster-affected people….


Jan Whittington

Professor Whittington brings expertise in infrastructure economics and climate-informed capital investment planning to the Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research. She is the Director of the Urban Infrastructure Lab, Associate Faculty at the Tech Policy Lab, and a former strategic planner for the international infrastructure developer, Bechtel Corporation. For the World Bank’s City Creditworthiness…


Katherine Idziorek

Katherine Idziorek, AICP is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. She holds dual master degrees in architecture and urban planning, also from the University of Washington and has more than eight years of experience practicing urban design in the greater Seattle area. Katherine’s…



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