Disaster. Environment. Community. Inequality. Organization.
Michelle Meyer is the Associate Executive Director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center and an Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department at Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University (CSU) and has worked as an Assistant Research Scientist at the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University and as a research assistant at the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at CSU. She earned her BA from Murray State University in Murray, KY in Sociology and her MA from CSU in Sociology.
Michelle's research interests include disaster resilience and mitigation, climate change displacement, environmental sociology and community sustainability, and the interplay between environmental conditions and social vulnerability. Particularly, Michelle studies inequality and how disaster and environmental settings intersect with structural forces that maintain or transform inequality. Michelle’s dissertation research focused on the interrelation of individual and community resilience and social vulnerability in hurricane-prone communities. Michelle has worked on various research projects including disaster risk perception, social capital in disaster resilience, organizational energy conservation, volunteer training program evaluation, evaluation of disaster response plans for individuals with disabilities, social media use among vulnerable populations, how to increase protective action knowledge in Haiti, citizen science protocols for measuring storm-water condition equity, and environmental attitudes and behaviors. Her teaching interests include research methods and statistics, sociology of disaster, environmental sociology, social stratification, and community sociology.
She has conducted research in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, New York, California, Sri Lanka, and Haiti. As well as survey research throughout the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines and in Peru, India, and Turkey.
She regularly collaborates with nonprofit organizations on applied research including t.e.j.a.s. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service), GeoHazards International, local long-term recovery organizations, Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), as well as with high school students. She works hard to find mechanisms for undergraduate and graduate involvement in research that supports their education and helps communities become more resilient.
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