Learn more about SSEER’s background, how to join, and the benefits of being a member of SSEER.
Who should join SSEER?
Social and behavioral scientists from around the world who study hazards and disasters are invited to join SSEER. This includes academic researchers, students, and applied and professional researchers in independent, government, industry, and not-for-profit sectors.
How do I join SSEER?
If you would like to join the SSEER network of social science hazards and disaster researchers, please sign up here. The form takes about seven minutes to complete. We are updating the database regularly, so your information will be added soon.
How do I connect with members of the SSEER network?
You can find SSEER members, their organizational affiliations, and their geographic location using our interactive map. The map includes researchers’ name, location, discipline, methodological expertise, the types of hazards and disasters they study, the events they have researched, and other information.
In addition, SSEER members are invited to join the DesignSafe Slack channel dedicated to SSEER. You can find more information on how to sign up here.
Who has joined SSEER?
The results of the 2018 SSEER Census provides an overview of the community—including the number of identified, active researchers and information on educational and professional backgrounds, disciplines and expertise, and level of involvement in disaster research. This Census will be updated annually.
Are there funding opportunities specific to SSEER?
Building upon the Natural Hazards Center’s longstanding Quick Response Grant Program, and with the support of the National Science Foundation, SSEER researchers can apply for grants to collect perishable data after disaster. Please sign up for more information about funding opportunities.
Where do I find more background information on SSEER?
SSEER is the first attempt to generate a census, or an official count, of social scientists who study hazards and disasters. The network will help answer, in part, some of the questions raised in the landmark 2006 National Research Council consensus study Facing Hazards and Disasters: Understanding Human Dimensions. More information about the motivation for and aims of SSEER is available in A Call to Social Scientists and this analysis of the SSEER network.
What about disciplines other than the social sciences?
Please visit the Extreme Events Reconnaissance and Research (EER) page to learn more about other National Science Foundation-supported networks for a range of disciplinary communities.