Aaron Clark-Ginsberg

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Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist
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B.A. in American studies, Kenyon College; B.A. in environmental studies, Kenyon College; M.S. in humanitarian action, University College Dublin; Ph.D. in agriculture and food science, University College Dublin


Aaron Clark-Ginsberg (he/him) is a social scientist at the RAND Corporation, focused on improving the lives and resilience of communities. His published research is about hazard management, especially where it can affect humans and their communities. Clark-Ginsberg’s continuing research focus is on community resilience and disaster risk reduction, critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, risk governance, disasters, and cities. He recently has been advising policy makers about the confluence of public health and disasters in the light of our recent collective challenges and the upcoming hurricane season. Clark-Ginsberg has extensive experience as a project leader and researcher employing a wide variety of methods in the social sciences.


  • Residents watch water flowing over the road at the dam of the Guajataca lake after Hurricane Maria in Guajataca, Puerto Rico, September 23, 2017, photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

    How COVID-19 Sheds Light on Disaster Policy's Need to Prepare for Multiple, Sequential Emergencies

    The pandemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities many disaster-affected households face. As lawmakers debate a second relief package, they could reconsider how the emergency management framework responds to the effects of simultaneous hazards on individual-assistance and community-recovery programs.

    Aug 11, 2020 Urban Wire

  • Aerial photograph of the devastation caused in the greater New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina, August 30, 2005, photo by Vincent Laforet/Pool/Reuters

    Planning for the Upcoming Hurricane Season in Light of COVID-19

    What if Hurricane Katrina had hit during a pandemic? Emergency planners can prepare for this scenario by evaluating current response system capacity, evacuation and sheltering procedures, food and supply issues, and more.

    May 4, 2020 Vox

  • Kevin Keeley, who has been experiencing homelessness for eight months and may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, stands outside a quarantine tent in Boston, Massachusetts, April 2, 2020, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

    Emergency Homeless Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

    The recently passed $2 trillion stimulus package includes a suite of measures designed to support households that are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. But policymakers may want to consider what protections the package offers to a particularly high-risk group: people experiencing homelessness.

    Apr 7, 2020 The RAND Blog