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Meet the Team

URI is housed and led by faculty within in the UCF School of Public Administration. We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.


Naim Kapucu

Naim Kapucu, Ph.D., is Pegasus professor of public administration and policy and former director of the School of Public Administration at UCF. His research interests are emergency and crisis management, decision-making in complex environments, network governance, and leadership. His work has been published in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, the American Review of Public Administration, and Disasters, among others. He teaches network governance, leadership, and research methods.

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Y. Gurt Ge

Y. Gurt Ge, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and a faculty co-lead of the Urban Resilience Initiative. His interdisciplinary research is focused on urban resilience through public-private partnerships. Recent research projects include smart and connected communities, hurricane evacuation behaviors and logistics, socioeconomic impacts of flooding, public health crises and risk perception, and hazard mitigation planning and land use policy.

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Lauren Gros

Lauren Gros is an urban resilience graduate research assistant, studying emergency and crisis management. Her research interests lie in hazard mitigation efforts, environmental policy and planning, and climate migration. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, she worked as a congressional aide in Washington, D.C. for over three years.

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Yago Martín

Yago Martín, Ph.D., is an urban resilience postdoctoral scholar. His research focuses on the improvement of risk assessments, including hazard, vulnerability and resilience evaluations, and the application of Big Data and citizen science in disaster risk reduction. Recent research projects include smart and connected communities, innovative approaches for the study of disaster-triggered population movements, and the analysis of severe weather through radar and citizen science.

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Zoe Williamson

Zoe Williamson was an urban resilience graduate research assistant from 2020-2021. She received her graduate degree in public administration and criminal justice. Her research interests lie in climate change research, sustainability, emergency management and international humanitarian aid. In 2017, she received a Medal of Merit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for her response to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in 2016.

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