Brenda Phillips

Brenda Phillips is a Professor in the Fire and Emergency Management Program, an Affiliated Faculty member in the Gender & Women’s Studies and the International Studies Programs, and a Senior Researcher with the Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events at Oklahoma State University.  Professor Phillips has conducted research on disaster vulnerability and recovery since 1982, beginning as a student of E.L. Quarantelli at The Ohio State University’s Disaster Research Center.  She is the author of Disaster Recovery and the lead researcher for a National Council on Disability project titled Effective Emergency Management:  making improvements for communities and people with disabilities.  She recently co-edited Women and Disasters: from theory to practice with Betty Hearn Morrow and Social Vulnerability to Disasters with Deborah Thomas, Alice Fothergill and Lynn Blinn-Pike.  Her work currently focuses on non-profit and faith-based organizations involved in disaster recovery.

Her published research can be found in a variety of journals including the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Disaster Prevention, Disasters, Humanity and Society, the Journal of Emergency Management, Natural Hazards Review, and Environmental Hazards.  She has been funded multiple times by the National Science Foundation to study disasters and vulnerable populations. Dr. Phillips has been invited to teach, consult or lecture in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada,  and the People’s Republic of China.  She is a graduate of Bluffton University (Ohio) and The Ohio State University.  Dr. Phillips received the 2010 Mary Fran Myers Award from the Natural Hazards Center for her work on gender issues in disaster contexts.

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