Joseph E. Trainor, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and a Core Faculty Member of the Disaster Research Center, where he, conducts research, provides consultation, teaches, and mentors students.
Trainor conducts multi-disciplinary, mixed methods, qualitative, and quantitative research focused on different dimensions of disasters and crises. His studies include “basic” science, applied research, and rapid reconnaissance post-disaster fieldwork studies. Recent projects have focused on: International Aspects of Disasters; Disaster Researcher and Practitioner Integration; Warnings, Risk Perception, and Protective Action Decision making for short fuse hazards; Post Hurricane Housing Decisions; Household Insurance and Mitigation Decision, and Multi-organizational Response. Findings from these efforts have led to over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, over a dozen disaster related reports and invited publications, thesis, and dissertations many co-authored with students. Trainor frequently presents research findings to academic, professional, and public audiences.
In terms of instruction, Joe is a core faculty member in the Disaster Science and Management (DISA) program. He teaches courses and advises students in DISA, the Urban Affairs and Public Policy PhD, the Masters of Pubic Administration, and the Public Policy BA. He also serves on key committees for these programs and for the School of Public Policy and Administration.
Joe often works with applied agencies and has done emergency management consulting for the National Weather Service (NWS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security(DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and various state and local emergency management agencies.
Finally, Trainor has international experience and has worked on projects with collaborators in India, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Australia. and the United Nations(UN.) He is particularly interested in exploring how different cultural settings impact human interpretation and response to disasters and how different places approach the management of risk and disasters.