Focus group discussion, Marsabit county, Kenya.
Group interview with water association, Marsabit, Kenya.
Water point in Tahoua, Niger.
Fieldwork with women collecting water, Tahoua, Niger.

I research how natural and manmade risks are governed, and how those governance structures can be improved.  I’ve worked on a number of disaster related projects covering a variety of risks and risk contexts. I’m currently employed at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation as a Department of Homeland Security Postdoctoral scholar.  At Stanford I’m working on a project assessing how regulations can be used to make critical infrastructure more resilient against cyber-threats. As part of my PhD I went to ten countries to examine how international nonprofits work with national actors to reduce disaster risk and build resilience.  Other projects I’ve worked on include how farmers engage in local organic agriculture, the ways Irish humanitarian actors view the humanitarian system, and how international nonprofits integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into their policies.  These projects have all been practical in focus, and have contributed to the development of new policies, programs, and ways of practice.  I’m mainly a qualitative researcher, and have expertise in developing and analyzing interview and documentary datasets, and have done so with tools like Gephi, a tool for social network analysis and visualization, and NVivo, software for assisting in qualitative analysis.  I’ve also been on the practitioner side of disaster management, and have worked as a disaster risk reduction documentation officer for Concern Worldwide, a large international nonprofit; as a wildland firefighter for a number of organizations across the western US; and as a rebuild volunteer in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.