Resilience, Vulnerability, and Risk Reduction of the National Science Foundation. He recently served as a member of the Committee on Disaster Research and the Social Sciences of the National Research Council which produced Facing Hazards and Disasters: Understanding Human Dimensions (2006). He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the French Association of Disaster Prevention, as well as numerous other scientific and environmental organizations. Dr. Berke’s current research projects address domestic and international issues in the areas of environmental impacts of urbanization, land use planning, natural hazard mitigation, environmental justice, and sustainable development. His research has been supported by the United Nations Division of Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. National Science Foundation, New Zealand Foundation for Research Science and Technology, Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He is the lead co-author of Urban Land Use Planning (University of Illinois Press, Fifth Edition, 2006), which focuses on integrating principles of sustainable communities into urban form. He received his Ph.D. in urban and regional science from Texas A&M University.
RICHARD E. BISSELL has been executive director of the Policy and Global Affairs division of the National Research Council since 1998. Prior to coming to the National Research Council, he headed the organizing secretariat of the World Commission on Dams, and earlier was chair of the Inspection Panel, an independent accountability mechanism for the board of directors of the World Bank. During the years between 1986 and 1993, he was assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, first as head of the Bureau of Policy and Program Coordination; and later as head of the Bureau of Research and Development. His B.A. is from Stanford, and his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
JIM BLACKBURN is a partner in Blackburn Carter, P.C., a firm devoted to environmental law and planning. Mr. Blackburn is also a professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, teaching courses in sustainable development and environmental law. He serves as director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability at Rice and is a faculty associate for the SSPEED Center, studying “Lessons Learned from Hurricane Ike” as well as leading a course/project titled “Measuring Sustainability: Project Houston.” His current caseload includes litigation over the future of the whooping crane on the Texas Coast and opposition to permits needed to enable uranium mining in Goliad County. Mr. Blackburn is active in community issues