E.L. Quarantelli

  • DECEASED FACULTY, Disaster Research Center
  • Founder, Disaster Research Center


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BIO INFO: Associated Projects | CV/Resume


Dr. Quarantelli is widely known as one of the founding scholars of the social science of disasters. Professor Quarantelli passed away in 2017.

His first involvement in the area dates back to 1949 when he participated in the first systematic disaster field studies as a researcher in the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) team at the University of Chicago.

Among his many accomplishments, Professor Quarantelli was one of the founding directors of the Disaster Research Center, when it was formed at The Ohio State University in1963. He was also the first president of the ISA’s International Research Committee on Disasters, (1982-1986). He was the founder and first editor of the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 1983-1987, and was awarded the Charles E. Fritz Career Achievement Award in 1995.

Professor Quarantelli held numerous memberships in many domestic and foreign disaster-related committees (e.g., Board on Natural Disasters of the National Academy of Sciences and on Scientific Advisory Committee, World Institute for Disaster Risk Management).

Professor Quarantelli was a Principal investigator on over 40 research studies, mostly funded by the National Science Foundation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Other funding sources include the National Institute of Mental Health, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Health Resources Administration, the Social Science Research Council, the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, the NHK (Japan) Foundation, NATO, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency.

He authored or edited 29 books and monographs as well as 101 book chapters, 114 articles, and over 150 other publications, mostly on disaster topics.


E.L. Quarantelli’s Associated Research Projects