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Beki McElvain

 Beki is a Ph.D. student in the Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP). She's a big fan of using spatial data visualization tools to help understand complex problems. Her background and research interests include disaster planning & policy, community resilience, seismic hazard mitigation, earthquake early warning, Mexico & Latin America, and the "social science side" of disaster risk reduction internationally. She is interested in discontinuities between community-led, grassroots resilience efforts going on in high-inequity countries and informal places operating in the periphery of state-sanctioned programs. By investigating the impacts of seismic safety policy and mitigation approaches in communities vulnerable to earthquake hazards, she expects to gain a better understanding of what makes communities resilient.



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I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) with a background in public policy, disaster planning and hazard mitigation, and "the social science side" of seismic risk reduction internationally. My general research interests include methods (e.g. network science and data visualization, citizen science and social media) and concepts that address the distribution of hazard mitigation tools and information in high-inequity places. My own work is interdisciplinary, and I enjoy collaborating with other researchers to solve complex problems.

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