Our Research

Research Themes

  • The role of organizations and institutions (legal, social, health, economic, small business, early-childhood education, and higher education) in rebuilding community infrastructure;
  • Revitalizing communities and capacity building through public and private partnerships;
  • Information technologies for sustainable community revitalization;
  • The social, economic, and environmental impact of disasters;
  • Social, economic, and cultural policy for building healthier and more equitable communities;
  • Health and sustainable community development;
  • Energy for sustainable community development;
  • Gender issues in disaster research, planning, and practice;
  • The promotion of human dignity in the creation of sustainable environments that empower families in the aftermath of disasters

Our Publications and Other Scholarship (2008-present)

Publications and Other Scholarship by Adenrele Awotona

Planning for Community-based Disaster Resislience Worldwide book coverAwotona, Adenrele (Ed.) (2017). Planning for Community-based Disaster Resilience Worldwide: Learning from Case Studies in Six Continents, Routledge, 470pp.



book coverAwotona, Adenrele (Ed.) (2014). Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters in China, Japan and Beyond. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, U.K.: Newcastle upon Tyne, xliv+423pp.


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Awotona, Adenrele (Ed.) (2012). Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with Vulnerable Populations after the Cameras Have Gone: A Worldwide Study, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 570pp.

This book was selected as the publisher’s ‘Critics’ Choice’ title for the January 2013 Book of the Month newsletter due to its “strong sales and excellent reviews.” 

book coverAwotona, Adenrele (Ed.). (2010). Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and their Families after Disasters: A Global Survey. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, xxviii+458pp.


Awotona, Adenrele (Ed.). (2008). Rebuilding Sustainable Communities in Iraq: Policies, Programs and international perspectivesCambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, xxiii+317pp.


Please see a more comprehensive list of Awotona's chapters in books, conference contributions including keynote addresses, global workshops, and more.

Publications by Philip A Kretsedemas

About the author: Philip A Kretsedemas teaches CRSCAD 522 Migrants and Refugees. He is the editor-in-chief of the new open access journal, Genealogy.

Kretsedemas, P. and David Brotherton (Eds.) (forthcoming). Immigration Policy in an Age of Punishment: Deportation, Detention and Border Control  New York: Columbia University Press.

Kretsedemas, P. (2016). Inaugural Editorial. Genealogy, (1) 1, http://www.mdpi.com/2313-5778/1/1/1/htm

Publications by Linda Hartling, Uli Spalthoff, Michael Britton, and Evelin Lindner

About the authors: They co-teach CRSCAD 621L Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction.

Evelin Lindner has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times - in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Lindner, Evelin (2017). Honor, Humiliation, and Terror, Dignity Press, lxxvii + 417 pp.

Lindner, Evelin. (2012). A Dignity Economy: Creating an Economy that Serves Human, Dignity and Preserves Our Planet, Dignity Press, xxx + 429pp.

Lindner, Evelin. (2010). Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security: Dignifying Relationships from Love, Sex, and Parenthood to World Affairs, Praeger, 305pp.

Lindner, Evelin. (2009). Emotion and Conflict: How Human Rights Can Dignify Emotion and Help Us Wage Good Conflict, Praeger, 267pp.

Please see a select list of publications and scholarship by Linda Hartling, Uli Spalthoff, Michael Britton, and Evelin Lindner.

Publications by Richard C. Lumb and Ronald Breazeale

About the authors: Richard Lumb and Ronald Breazeale teach CRSCAD 524 Survival Skills for the 21st Century: Developing Personal, Organizational and Community Resilience.

Books in Print

Lumb, R. (forthcoming). A Primer to Strengthening Personal Resilience: When Trauma, Stress, or Adversity Rule: Balance is Essential. Pragmatic Publishing Limited.

Lumb, R. (2017). Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration. Amazon.com. ISBN-13: 978-1541341364

Metz, G. & Lumb, R. (2017). Substance Abuse Interventions: Catalysts for Change: Criminal Justice and Community Collaboration. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. Amazon.com. ISBN-10: 1548713325, ISBN-13: 978-1548713324

Lumb, R. (2016). Issues in Policing and Requisite Challenges. Amazon.com. ISBN-13: 978-1540375841

Lumb, R. (2015). Reducing Gun Violence: Utilizing Community Capacity Building Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Change. ISBN-13: 978-1517142650, ISBN-10: 1517142652 

Lumb, R. (2014). 25 Assertions About Leader Role & Effectiveness: Be the Leader You Were Meant To Be.  Amazon.com. ISBN-13: 978-1500752316, ISBN-10:1500752312 

Lumb, R. (2014). The Silent Killer of Police and First Responders: Building Endurance to Manage the Effects of Accumulated Stress, Adversity & Trauma. Amazon.com.  ISBN-13: 978-1492114611,  ISBN-10: 1492114618 

Lumb, R., and Rogers, J. (2014). No Excuses Supervision: Role Changes to Reflect 21st Century Demands: It's not your rank or title: It's all about results! ISBN-13: 978-1493654376, ISBN-10: 1493654373 

Breazeale, R., and Lumb, R. (2013). Resilience Building: Peer Coaching Manual: Assisting Others to Acquire and Sustain Positive Change and Overcome the Effects of Stress, Adversity and Trauma.  Amazon.com. ISBN-13: 978-1492812449.  ISBN-10: 1492812447

Book Chapters

Lumb, R., and Rogers, J. (2015). Reengineering the Delivery of Police Services: The Decision to Change Utilizing a Problem Solving Model. In S. Phillips & D. Das (Eds.), Change and Reform in Law Enforcement: Old and New Efforts from Across the Globe. Amazon.com  

Breazeale, R., and Lumb, R. (2012). Resilience training and its application to police personnel, women returning to the workforce, correctional officers and first responders. In. A. Awotona (Eds.). Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with Vulnerable Populations after the Cameras Have Gone: A Worldwide Study. (pp. 199-215).  United Kingdom.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Articles in Professional Journals

Lumb, R., and Rogers, J. (2013, Spring). Reengineering the Delivery of Correctional Services. The Correctional Trainer. IACTP. 13-14, 20, 22-25, & 31.

Wang, Y., and Lumb, R. (2012). Integrating Eastern program features in Western community policing: balancing individual freedom and collective wellbeing. International Journal of Police Science & Management. 14(4), 342-361.

Lumb, R. and Breazeale, R. (2012). The Scarborough Project: A Resilience Preparedness Training Model for Comprehensive Community Trainers. Journal of Emergency Preparedness, Vol. 10(1), January/February, 27-40.

Lumb, R. and Breazeale, R. (2011). Addressing Public Safety Employee Behavior: The Importance of Attitude and Personality and the Role of Coaching in Facilitating Change. The Correctional Trainer. International Association of Correctional Training Personnel. 

Conference, Lecture, and Workshop Presentations by Stephen Metts

About the author: Stephen Metts teaches CRSCAD 527 GIS in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Metts, S. (2016, April 4). Glimpses of a Creative Space. Hosted by Stephen Metts with faculty of the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at the Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School. Presentations in conjunction with GeoNYC, Mapzen @ The University of Wisconsin cartography team.

Metts, S. (2016). Introduction to GIS for Architectural Site Design Workshop - School of Constructed Environments, Parsons, The New School for Design. New York, NY.

Metts, S. (2016). Mapping Location Workshop: Mobile technology & mapping software for field research methods. IFP Turkey,  http://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/milano-school-international-field-program/

Metts, S. (2015). MCC15, Millennium Campus Network, Workshop and Presentation for Interactive Maps in conjunction with Cartodb, The New School for Design. New York, NY.

Metts, S. (2014, May). Data & Disasters, Design for Urban Disaster, Harvard University, MA.

Metts, S. (2014, May). Data & Disasters, 2014 CRSCAD International Conference on Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.

Metts, S. (2014, May). Data & Disasters, Design for Urban Disaster, Harvard University, MA.

Metts, S. (2014, October). Data for NYC Housing, Collaborative Studio: Tactical Urbanism: Land Access & Design for Community, Parsons. The New School for Design. New York, NY.

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