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Environment and Society Program

Natural Hazards Center

Skills and Expertise

Hazards, Disasters, Marginalized Populations, Risk Communication, Social Capital, Qualitative Research, Organizational Preparedness, Technological Hazards and Disasters

Brief Biography

Nnenia Campbell is a research associate at the Natural Hazards Center, deputy director of the Bill Anderson Fund, and co-founder of the Collaborative for the Social Dimensions of Disasters. She holds BA and MA degrees in sociology from the University of Central Florida and a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Campbell’s research interests center on the intersections between vulnerability and resilience, particularly within marginalized communities, and the roles that community-based organizations play in supporting disaster response and recovery. Her work with the Natural Hazards Center involves projects that translate empirical research into tools and information products designed for practitioners and decision-makers. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, she leads a project to develop rapid expert consultations related to COVID-19 and concurrent disasters as part of the Societal Experts Action Network initiative coordinated by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Campbell is also working on several ongoing projects related to disaster planning and response among food banks and other community-based organizations as well as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth and older adults.

Campbell serves as Program Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Disaster and Emergency Management Evaluation Topical Interest Group and Chairs the AEA’s Graduation Education Diversity Internship Topical Interest Group.