Center for Risk and Crisis Management

The University of Oklahoma

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About the Center for Risk and Crisis Management (CRCM)

An interdisciplinary research center

The CRCM is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Oklahoma that studies risk, risk perception and crisis management in several substantive domains. The areas of research interest and expertise include energy and the environment, weather and climate, national security and terrorism, and the social dynamics surrounding complex controversial technologies.

Studying scientific and technical controversies involving risk

The CRCM research faculty consists primarily of social scientists and research assistants who specialize in the study of scientific and technical controversies involving risk, including the measurement of risk perception and individual-level risk behaviors, group and organizational responses to risk, and public policies designed to manage risk. The CRCM uses a strong theoretical grounding in belief systems, individual and social cognition, risk perceptions and related behaviors; group dynamics, organizational and cultural norms, and patterns of social relationships that shape experience, risk, and the mobilization of expertise in our research projects. CRCM scholars have accumulated many years of successful experience participating in long-term collaborative research projects with interdisciplinary boundaries spanning the social sciences (public policy, geography, economics, political science, anthropology, communication), engineering, chemistry, physics, meteorology and emergency management.

Developing new pathways for understanding and
managing technological and environmental risks

The CRCM seeks to develop new pathways for understanding and managing technological and environmental risks. The CRCM maintains an expanding network of affiliated researchers from other universities, national laboratories, and federal agencies to assist in both defining and utilizing new and unexpected opportunities for research and public policy analysis.

Primary research and analytical themes

The CRCM is organized around three primary research and analytical themes:

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    Risk and Risk Perception in scientifically
    controversial or complex domains
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    This focus area undertakes analysis of societal problems and associated technologies that pose significant controversial implementation challenges.

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    Weather, Climate and Public Policy.
    The CRCM continues to develop and expand research on the technical communities, publics, and policies bearing on weather and climate.

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    Disaster and Crisis Management.
    The CRCM studies the ways in which households, communities and government agencies understand and manage potential and actual crises.


Graduate Research Assistantships

Housed under the umbrella of the National Institute for Risk & Resilience, the Center for Risk and Crisis Management is an applied, interdisciplinary research center located on the Norman Research Campus.

CRCM offers competitive Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) to conduct research and data analysis, and assist our affiliated faculty across a variety of externally-funded projects that span multiple policy areas. These Graduate Research Assistantships enable students to augment classroom learning; develop new analytical, research and writing skills; and conduct research on complex policy problems for institutions and clients.

CRCM Graduate Research Assistants also receive annual travel support to offset costs associated with enhancing their ability to successfully complete their doctoral program and prepare for their chosen career paths. Travel support is generally used to attend and present at academic conferences nationwide.

Basic student health insurance and a tuition waiver are benefits that accompany these GRAships.

For more information about opportunities for graduate students at CRCM, please contact us at crcm@ou.edu or (405) 325-1720.





We study risk, risk perception, and crisis management

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Primary research &
analytical themes

Risk and Risk Perception in scientifically controversial or complex domains

Weather, Climate and Public Policy

Disaster and Crisis Management


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The CRCM seeks to develop new pathways for understanding and managing technological and environmental risks.

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Faculty/Staff/Researchers

CRCM research faculty consists primarily of social scientists and research assistants who specialize in the study of scientific and technical controversies involving risk.

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