Assessing Social Equity in Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery

A bridge in Empire, LA remains closed almost 60 days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005

A bridge in Empire, LA remains closed almost 60 days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005

Photo by Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

Event Details

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific

This event will be conducted virtually, and is open to the public.

Connection Details

Passcode: 630553

To Connect by telephone:

+1 646 828 7666 (New York)
+1 669 254 5252 (San Jose)
Webinar ID: 160 949 6947

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About the Program

In this webinar, senior social scientist Melissa Finucane will review the complex nature of social equity—including contextual, procedural, and distributional equity dimensions—and how a robust, evidence-based approach is needed to measure progress toward equity in disaster contexts. Challenges in identifying underserved groups and selecting appropriate equity metrics will be discussed in the context of current policy initiatives to advance racial equity.


Melissa Finucane

Melissa L. Finucane

Senior Social and Behavioral Scientist

Melissa Finucane is a senior social and behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her interdisciplinary and policy-oriented research focuses on understanding the human dimensions of environmental health risks.

Finucane is codirector of the RAND Climate Resilience Center, which supports innovative policy research and tool development to help decisionmakers at all levels adapt to the impacts of climate change. She is also director of the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities, which aims to assess and address the impacts of disasters like oil spills, hurricanes, and the pandemic on coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Finucane's Full Biography »


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