Popul Res Policy Rev (2009) 28:1–10 DOI 10.1007/s11113-008-9109-2 Disaster Research and Social Network Analysis: Examples of the Scientiﬁc Understanding of Human Dynamics at the National Science Foundation Larry Suter Æ Thomas Birkland Æ Raima Larter Received: 6 February 2007 / Accepted: 21 June 2007 / Published online: 8 November 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008 How can knowledge about human behavior be accumulated effectively? How does the funding agency best assure that scientiﬁc research is effectively organized? This paper was stimulated by a meeting of nine researchers who received small grants from NSF to conduct empirical analysis of individuals affected by the hurricane disasters (Katrina and Rita) of 2005. Two of the authors are NSF program directors (one is a former director) who will discuss the philosophy and intentions of funding programs on social dynamics of disasters following the 2005 hurricanes. We discuss how NSF funding supported studies of these disasters and what was expected from the funded projects. And we will summarize the type of projects, the kinds of new scientiﬁc knowledge that has been gained, and describe what problems remain to be addressed. This paper was written by researchers who were program directors of the National Science
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Published: Nov 8, 2008
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