The Risk Sciences research process and proven methodologies provide the foundation for innovative interdisciplinary research and evaluation to manage risks and crises. This is enacted through collaborative research, graduate education, and engagement of the emergency management and response community.


Members of the Risk Sciences research team have been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since the early 1980s. In addition to the NIH funding, investigators have secured funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored National Center for Food Protection and Defense and Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, National Library of Medicine, Natural Hazards Center, and the National Science Foundation.


The Risk Sciences research team is distinguished along several dimensions, including international recognition for their research and expertise, service as editors of our discipline's journals, and leadership as office holders in our national and regional organizations. The team offers unparalleled expertise in a number of publications across risk sciences, crisis communication, and health communication.


The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information houses a state-of-the-art Media Center for the Future. The center is a collection of facilities designed to enhance research and the creation and production of information in a variety of media.