USC Price School of Public Policy Research Professor Adam Rose was recently elected President of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM). He succeeds Norio Okada, currently professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, and formerly Director of the Kyoto University Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI).
The IDRiM Society is dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research to reduce the risks of man-made, natural, technological disasters and to the implementation of this research. It has members in 24 countries from broad range of disciplines. IDRiM was founded in 2009 as an outgrowth of a series of joint conferences between DPRI and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). It publishes its own journal and has just begun a book series under the auspices of Springer Publishers. It hosts annual conferences in association with local organizations. The 2017 conference will be held in August in Reykjavík, Iceland, in conjunction with the Nordic Centre of Excellence on Resilience and Societal Security (NORDRESS), and the 2018 conference will be held in Sydney, Australia, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Adam Rose has served on the IDRiM Board of Directors and, in 2015, received its Distinguished Research Award. He hosted the second Annual Conference at USC in 2011.
Professor Rose is a faculty affiliate of USC’S Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), where he has done pioneering work on economic resilience to disasters and where he has led the development of a broad economic consequence analysis framework. He recently led a study for the Federal Emergency Management Agency on the formulation of a disaster deductible/credit system for its Public Assistance Program, and served as an advisor to the World Bank on co-benefits of disaster risk reduction and to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on economic, human, and environmental dimensions of resilience. He is currently the PI on a grant from NSF and on a contract from the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute at the University of Illinois to measure the cost and effectiveness of various resilience tactics.
Professor Rose is also a Fellow of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, where he does work on the economics of climate change policy. He has been an active participant in the Energy Policy Exchange Forum, which is a consortium of the Price School, the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy (Beijing), and the Hertie School of Public Policy (Berlin). He is currently the leader of a team to formulate a Policy Brief on implementation of the COP 21 (Paris) Accord for the T-20 (Think Tank) Conference input to this summer’s G-20 Summit.
Professor Rose is the author of two volumes to be published next month in the Springer IDRiM Book Series. The first, Defining and Measuring Economic Resilience from a Societal, Environmental and Security Perspective, is an outgrowth of his background chapter for the 2014 UNDP Human Development Report, and the second, Economic Consequence Analysis Tool (E-CAT), develops and applies a methodology for translating complex computable general equilibrium modeling results into a reduced form regression equations that become inputs into a user-friendly software tool for high-level decision-makers in the US Department of Homeland Security.