Improving the Disaster Resilience of Communities and Housing

Welcome! The Sutley Research Group is aimed at Improving the Disaster Resilience of Communities and Housing. This research includes single-hazard assessments, multi-hazard assessments, and cascading hazard assessments, including earthquake, hurricane, tornado, and flood loads, building response, and community- and household-level impacts. We are actively investigating the entire disaster timeline: planning, mitigation, response, and recovery from interdisciplinary perspectives. Across our on-going projects, we are collaborating across structural engineering, sociology, urban planning, computer science, geology, economics, seismology, geography, and public administraion.

We have positions open! We're looking for two PhD students and one MS student to start in the Fall 2019 semester. Go to the Positions Available tab to learn more.

In the News

“Researchers look to see how elevated housing in Florida stood up to Hurricane Michael.” Read The KU Today article.

“KU professors receive grant to study earthquakes in Nepal.” Read The University Daily Kansan article.

“Female professors hold only 26 percent of tenured positions at KU.” Read The University Daily Kansan article.

“After Florence: Your house has flooded. Here's what you should do.” Read the USAToday article.

“Researcher’s fieldwork builds understanding of community resilience, recovery in face of disaster.” Read the KUToday article.

“SEI Futures fund and donors support young professionals to develop standards.” Read the ASCE article.