Curriculum Vitae of Philip R. Berke

Philip R. Berke is Professor of Land Use and Environmental Planning, Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Deputy Director of the Institute for the Environment, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Community Design. He recently served as a member on the Committee on Disaster Research and the Social Sciences of the U.S. National Academies that produced Facing Hazards and Disasters: Understanding Human Dimensions (2006), and the Steering Committee on National Hazard Vulnerability and Resiliency Observatory Network, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. He is a Collaborative Research Scholar of the International Global Change Institute in New Zealand, and currently serves on the National Science Foundation steering committee for setting up a Resiliency and Vulnerability Observatory Network. Dr. Berke’s current research examines the influence of alternative urban forms on sensitive landscape ecosystems, and capacity-building in disadvantaged communities vulnerable to natural disasters. This work is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, United Nations Division of Humanitarian Affairs, and New Zealand Foundation of Science and Technology. He is lead co-author of work on integrating principles of sustainable communities in urban form in Urban Land Use Planning ( University of Illinois Press, fifth edition, 2006). He received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University.