Research

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.
 

Projects

Faculty who are affiliated with Risk Sciences have been funded by federal organizations such as the National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Homeland Security, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Naval Research, and the National Institutes of Health NIH.  Projects have focused on risk communication related to food safety, emerging infectious disease, severe weather events and disasters, as well as communication across a variety of channels and media including social media, television, newsprint, and blogs.  Faculty use a variety of approaches such as field work, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and experiments, as well as unobtrusive data collection from online sites.  See individual faculty pages for current funded and unfunded research. 

 

Publications

Faculty who are affiliated with Risk Sciences are published in leading journals in the fields of communication and allied social sciences, including those focused on risk, crisis, public relations, applied communication, health communication, and natural hazards. See the publications listed under the research tab for a full list of recent research publications.  

 

Technology

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.