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Dr Jaishree Beedasy

Program Manager , National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) , The Earth Institute

Research Project Director , National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP)

BIOGRAPHY: Jaishree Beedasy, PhD, MSc, is a Research Project Director at NCDP. Her work focuses on deepening the understanding of the human consequences of disasters and developing approaches to promote recovery and resilience. Her research includes the investigation of the spatio-temporal dimensions of disasters and the growing role of online social networks and new technologies in disaster response and in the well-being of disaster-exposed communities. She leads studies that aim to develop innovative models that contribute to health and environmental equity and foster evidence-based policies.
She has more than 25 years of experience working with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams on disaster preparedness and recovery, resilience, public health, youth empowerment and environmental equity. Prior to joining the NCDP she worked at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, at Penn State University and at the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure, USGS Virginia. In the past she was a Research Associate Professor at the Institute of Rural Health and has also been the head of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Mauritius.
She has served as PI or co-investigator on numerous projects funded by international and national sources including the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO), Israel , United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), International Institute of Applied Sciences (IIASA), Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), New Jersey DOH, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI),The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),Veteran Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VA SDHS), the US National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) including CDC, ASPR, NIESH, and NIOSH. She has published her work in peer reviewed journals and presented at local, national and international venues.