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Eric Kennedy

Eric Kennedy

Faculty Fellow, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

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Eric Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University, Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Emergency Management, and Associate Director of York University’s Emergency Mitigation, Engagement, Governance, Response institute (Y-EMERGE). Trained in the sociology of science with an emphasis on disaster research methods, his work focuses on the social dimensions of hazards and emergencies. His research group - the Collaboration on Emergency Management, Preparedness, and Policy Research - helps advance our understanding of decision-making, policy, expertise, and research methods in disaster contexts. Kennedy conducts extensive work in the context of wildfire management, exploring how communities and responders can better prepare for a changing climate and increasing fire load. He has also led a national COVID-19 monitoring project, tracking the public attitudes, risk perceptions, and knowledge related to the pandemic. In all his work, he focuses on producing research that addresses real-world needs, supports government decision-making, and helps create a safer and more equitable world.

Research keywords:

Wildfire; decision making; emergencies; disasters; psychosocial dimensions; behavioural dimensions


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