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  • Darien Williams, Fellow, Bill Anderson Fund

    Fellow, Bill Anderson Fund
    Department of Urban Studies & Planning

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    I work on a team investigating the role of human error in large-scale natural gas pipeline and electric grid infrastructure disturbances, supported by the NSF Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP 2.0) program. Some of our research attention has turned to the recent Merrimack Valley gas explosions in Massachusetts, which has moved us to conducting case studies of similar events across the US. 
    I also work on qualitative data analysis in the NIH-supported RISK Project (Resilience In Survivors of Katrina), a (~15 year) longitudinal investigation of narratives from Black mothers displaced by Hurricane Katrina. I’m doing work in portraying disaster volunteer experiences in the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Michael in 2018, a project supported by the Natural Hazards Center’s Quick Response Grant Program. 
    I draw on years of experience in qualitative and quantitative sociologically-grounded work in racial & economic justice, climate-change adaptation, and disaster recovery to focus my attention and academic efforts towards understanding and empowering the populations who grapple with these planning challenges without the voyeuristic distance that characterizes many formal research efforts.



 

 

<div class="ExternalClass513DC6CE4FBC45EF8B051817231343A2"><div class="ExternalClassB4EA4A9B565148D9B7CDED52D3B28B4A" style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;overflow:visible;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;cursor:text;word-wrap:break-word;min-height:0px;max-height:none;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><div style="overflow:visible;cursor:text;word-wrap:break-word;min-height:0px;max-height:none;">I work on a team investigating the role of human error in large-scale natural gas pipeline and electric grid infrastructure disturbances, supported by the NSF Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP 2.0) program. Some of our research attention has turned to the recent Merrimack Valley gas explosions in Massachusetts, which has moved us to conducting case studies of similar events across the US. </div><div style="overflow:visible;cursor:text;word-wrap:break-word;min-height:0px;max-height:none;">I also work on qualitative data analysis in the NIH-supported RISK Project (Resilience In Survivors of Katrina), a (~15 year) longitudinal investigation of narratives from Black mothers displaced by Hurricane Katrina. I’m doing work in portraying disaster volunteer experiences in the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Michael in 2018, a project supported by the Natural Hazards Center’s Quick Response Grant Program. </div><div style="overflow:visible;cursor:text;word-wrap:break-word;min-height:0px;max-height:none;">I draw on years of experience in qualitative and quantitative sociologically-grounded work in racial &amp; economic justice, climate-change adaptation, and disaster recovery to focus my attention and academic efforts towards understanding and empowering the populations who grapple with these planning challenges without the voyeuristic distance that characterizes many formal research efforts.<br style="overflow:visible;cursor:text;word-wrap:break-word;min-height:0px;max-height:none;"><br style="overflow:visible;cursor:text;word-wrap:break-word;min-height:0px;max-height:none;"><br></div></div><p><br></p></div>darienaw@mit.eduWilliams, Darien <img alt="Photo of person" src="/Images%20Bios/Williams,%20Darien%20photo.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Fellow, Bill Anderson FundDepartment of Urban Studies & Planning

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