Divya Chandrasekhar portrait
  • Associate Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Role of Community-Based Organizations in Public Housing Resident Recovery after Concurrent Disasters. PI: Sayma Khajehei. Co-PI(s): Divya Chandrasekhar, Ivis Garcia, Elizabeth Colon Rivera. Natural Hazards Center, 12/01/2021 - present. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • SCC-PG: Online Role-Playing Games for Improving Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration in Concurrent Disaster Response Planning. PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. Co-PI(s): R. Michael Young, Ivis Garcia, Masood Parvania, John Horel, Daniel Mendoza. National Science Foundation, 09/01/2021 - present. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Collaborative Proposal: Stakeholder Decisions on Post-Disaster Community Relocation under High Uncertainty. PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. Co-PI(s): Ivis Garcia, N. Emel Ganapati, Robert Olshansky. National Science Foundation, 09/01/2021 - present. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Non-profit Response to Concurrent Disaster Events. PI: Ivis Garcia. Co-PI(s): Divya Chandrasekhar. Natural Hazards Center, 01/01/2021 - present. Total project budget to date: $50,000.00
  • Promoting Mitigation Through Post-Disaster Small Business Recovery Programs. PI: Sua Kim. Co-PI(s): Divya Chandrasekhar. Natural Hazards Center, 05/01/2020 - present. Total project budget to date: $2,495.00
  • Effectiveness of multi-hazard response planning for concurrent disasters (Case study: COVID-19 and post-earthquake response in the Salt Lake City Metro Region)” funded by the , 2020-2021. ($24,007). PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. Co-PI(s): Ivis Garcia, Daniel Mendoza. COVID-19 Special Emphasis Award of the University of Utah, 05/01/2020 - 04/30/2021. Total project budget to date: $24,007.00
  • Pre-Planning for Post-Disaster Rehousing of Public Housing Residents: A Case Study of Salt Lake County. PI: Sayma Khajehei. Co-PI(s): Divya Chandrasekhar. Natural Hazards Center, 01/01/2020 - present. Total project budget to date: $2,500.00
  • Building community networks to promote disaster recovery in San Juan Metro, Puerto Rico . PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. Co-PI(s): Ivis Garcia. Seed Grant of the College of Architecture & Planning, 07/01/2018 - present. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • A study of distributed infrastructure forms emerging after disasters. PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. Co-PI(s): Masood Parvania. Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah, 07/01/2018 - present. Total project budget to date: $2,000.00
  • Impact Assessment of DOI Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Support Function under the National Disaster Recovery Framework. PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. Co-PI(s): Danya Rumore. National Park Service & Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network, 09/01/2016 - 03/31/2018. Total project budget to date: $30,000.00
  • Addressing Wicked Problems for Inside Out: Stakeholder Assessment for Collaborative Resilience Planning in the Western Zion Corridor. PI: Sarah Hinners,Divya Chandrasekhar, Danya Rumore. College of Architecture + Planning SIP Grant, 11/24/2015 - 07/01/2016. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • Collaborative Research: Interdependency in Decision Making, A Holistic Approach to Understanding Community Recovery from Catastrophes in New York after Hurricane Sandy. PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. National Science Foundation, 09/01/2013 - 08/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $101,879.00
  • Application of SAR Imagery in pipeline integrity management. PI: Qisheng Pan. Co-PI(s): Divya Chandrasekhar and Lalita Sen. Esri and PCI Natural Resources Imagery Grant, 09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014. Total project budget to date: $100,000.00
  • Influence of Household Recovery Capacity and Urgency on Post-Disaster Relocation in New York after Hurricane Sandy. PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. Co-PI(s): Donovan Finn (Stony Brook University). Quick Response Grant of the Natural Hazards Center, Boulder CO, 03/01/2013 - 08/01/2013. Total project budget to date: $1,500.00
  • Impact of disaster-induced mass displacement on planning and development of host communities. PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. of the University Research Committee of Texas Southern University, 09/01/2011 - 05/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $6,000.00
  • Stakeholder participation in post-disaster recovery planning. PI: Divya Chandrasekhar. National Periship Fellowship Program of the Natural Hazards Center and the Public Entity Risk Institute,, 09/01/2007 - 08/31/2008. Total project budget to date: $9,800.00
  • SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE. PI: CHANDRASEKHAR,DIVYA. PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, 08/01/2020 - 12/31/2021. Total project budget to date: $91,867.00

Presentations

  • Active Community Engagement & Awareness for Inclusive Cities: coping with current and future urban pandemic” at the Fifth International Conference on Learning Cities of UNESCO, Incheon, South Korea, October, 2021. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/29/2021.
  • Kim, S. & Chandrasekhar, D. "Promoting mitigation through post-disaster small business recovery programs" at the 61st Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October 2021. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/22/2021.
  • “A framework for disaster recovery” at Stanford Disaster Resilience Seminar series, October 2021. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/18/2021.
  • "Safer buildings, Safer Communities: A Road Map to Action for Earthquake Country" hosted by the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup, July 2021. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/21/2021.
  • "Holistic Disaster Recovery” at the MIT Sensible City Lab speaker series, July 2021. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/18/2021.
  • Moderator, “Managing Disaster Data for Social Change" at the 2021 Annual Hazards Workshop, July 2021. Other, Presented, 07/16/2021.
  • Kim, S. & Chandrasekhar, D. "Promoting mitigation through post-disaster small business recovery programs: Preliminary Findings" at the Natural Hazards Center Researcher's Meeting, July 2021. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/15/2021.
  • "Alternative Platforms of Representation and Self-Recovery" session at the Recovery with Dignity workshop hosted by Indian Institute of Habitat Studies, India, July 2021. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/09/2021.
  • Pre-planning for Post-disaster Rehousing of Public Housing Residents (Case-study: Salt Lake County). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/03/2020.
  • “Promoting Mitigation through Post-Disaster Small Business Recovery Programs” with Sua Kim, poster presentation at the 60th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), November 2020, held virtually. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/03/2020.
  • Informing Puerto Rico’s community relocation program: Global lessons from the past.” Roundtable (organizer) at the 60th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), November 2020, held virtually. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/03/2020.
  • “The Grassroots of Disaster Recovery” at the 2020 Seminar Series of the Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah, September 2020. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/15/2020.
  • "Pre-planning for Post-disaster Rehousing of Public Housing Residents” with Sayma Khajehei at the 2020 Researchers Meeting of the International Sociological Association Research Committee, July 2020, held virtually. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/15/2020.
  • Panelist for “The 2020 Salt Lake City Earthquake: Best Mitigation Practices” session at the 45th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, July 12-15, 2020, held virtually. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/15/2020.
  • Keynote, Utah Geological Association (UGA) Luncheon Series, September 9th, 2019, Salt Lake City UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/09/2019.
  • Chandrasekhar, D., Rumore, D., Proffitt, D. & Siddiq, F. “Resilience-building through Natural and Cultural Resource (NCR) Recovery Support Function (RSF)” at the 58th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Buffalo, NY October 2018. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2018.
  • Panelist for roundtable titled, “Organizing Community & Nonprofit Networks for Community Rebuilding” at the 58th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Buffalo, NY October 2018. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2018.
  • Invited Panelist for session titled, “Post-disaster long-term recovery: critical considerations for creating resilient communities” at the 2018 Western Places/Western Spaces conference of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Denver, CO. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2018.
  • “Building Resilient Communities: A Plan to Survive and Thrive” workshop sponsored by the State of Utah and the Utah Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Salt Lake City, February 2018. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/09/2018.
  • “The Economics of Disaster: Achieving Mitigation and Ensuring Equality” at the 2017 Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Symposium organized by the National Association of Counties, Snowbird UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/26/2017.
  • "A longitudinal analysis of household recovery after 2012 Hurricane Sandy.” With Donovan Finn, Yu Xiao and Fariba Siddiq at the 57th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Denver, CO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/14/2017.
  • “Disaster, Place & Identity” at the University of Utah Entrepreneurial Faculty Services Retreat, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/03/2017.
  • “Assessing the Situation to Support Collaborative Planning in the Western Zion Corridor and Other Gateway Regions.” With Danya Rumore and Sarah Hinners. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 2016, 56th Annual Conference, Portland, OR. November 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/04/2016.
  • “What Drives Household Recovery after Catastrophic Disasters? Lessons from New York City after the 2012 Hurricane Sandy”. With Donovan Finn and Yu Xiao. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 2016, 56th Annual Conference, Portland, OR. November 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/03/2016.
  • “Planning after Sandy: How Do We Rebuild for a More Resilient Region?” With Donovan Finn and Yu Xiao. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 2016, 56th Annual Conference, Portland, OR. November 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/03/2016.
  • “Planning after Sandy: How Do We Rebuild for a More Resilient Region?” With Donovan Finn and Yu Xiao. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 2016, 56th Annual Conference, Portland, OR. November 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/03/2016.
  • Invited Panelist for session on “Transportation Planning for Emergency Response & Recovery” at the 2016 National Institute for Transportation & Communities (NITC) Summit, Portland OR, September, 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/09/2016.
  • “Recovery planning from the neighborhood to the region: The case of Hurricane Sandy”. With Donovan Finn and Yu Xiao at the International Sociological Association's International Research Committee on Disasters Annual Meeting, Broomfield, CO. July 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/15/2016.
  • A holistic view of household recovery after the 2012 Hurricane Sandy in New York.” With Donovan Finn and Yu Xiao at the International Sociological Association's International Research Committee on Disasters Annual Meeting, Broomfield, CO. July 2016”. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/15/2016.
  • Invited Panelist for session titled “Invisible Disasters” at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Integrated Network of Social Sustainability (INSS), June 10th, 2016. Conference simulcast over 7 cities in the US and UK. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/10/2016.
  • Invited Panelist for session titled “The Role of Government: Mitigation Efforts & Recovery Expectations” at the Utah Earthquake Resiliency Workshop, West Jordan UT, April 27, 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/27/2016.

Languages

  • Hindi, fluent.
  • Tamil, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • South-Eastern Asia
  • Southern Asia

Publications

  • Garcia, I., Chandrasekhar, D., Ganapati, N., Fagundo Ojeda, K., Velazquez-Diaz, J., Witkowski, K., & Rivera Miranda, P. (2021). Nonprofit Response to Concurrent and Consecutive Disaster Events in Puerto Rico. Natural Hazards Center Public Health Report Series, 9. Boulder, CO: Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder. Available at: https://hazards.colorado.edu/public-health-disaster-research/nonprofit-response-to-concurrent-and-consecutive-disaster-events-in-puerto-rico. Published, 09/15/2021.
    https://hazards.colorado.edu/public-health-disaste...
  • Chandrasekhar D., García I. & Khajehei S. (2021). Recovery Capacity of Small Nonprofits in Post-2017 Hurricane Puerto Rico. Journal of the American Planning Association. Published, 01/01/2021.
  • Kahejei, S. & Chandrasekhar, D. (2021). Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning for Public Housing in Salt Lake County, Utah. Natural Hazards Center Mitigation Matters Grant Report Series, 6. Boulder, CO: Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder. Available at: https://hazards.colorado.edu/https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/pre-disaster-recovery-planning-for-public-housing-in-salt-lake-county-utah. Published, 09/15/2020.
  • García I. & Chandrasekhar D. (2020). Impact of hurricane maría to the civic sector: A profile of non-profits in Puerto Rico. (pp. 67-88). Vol. 32. Centro Journal. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Chandrasekhar, D., “2012 Hurricane (“Superstorm”) Sandy” in Paul, B.K. (Ed.). Natural Hazards and Disasters: From Avalanches and Climate Change to Water Spouts and Wildfires (Vol. 2: Disasters). Broomfield, CO: ABC-CLIO. Accepted, 01/09/2019.
  • Divya Chandrasekhar, Robin Rothfeder, Yu Xiao & Donovan Finn (2018). What drives household recovery after disasters? A case study of New York City after 2012 Hurricane Sandy. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (CJEP). Published, 10/2018.
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09640...
  • Chandrasekhar, Divya, Proffitt, D., Rumore, D. & Siddiq, F. (2018). Impact Assessment of the Natural and Cultural Resources (NCR) Recovery Support Function (RSF) under the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF): A field coordinator’s perspective. The Department of the Interior. Published, 07/01/2018.
  • Yu Xiao, Kai Wu, Donovan Finn & Divya Chandrasekhar (2018). Community Businesses as Social Units in Post-Disaster Recovery. Journal of Planning Education and Research. Published, 07/2018.
    http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/073945...
  • Rumore, D., Chandrasekhar, D. & Hinners, S. (2018). Teaching Transportation Planning in Natural Amenity Regions.. National Institute of Transportation and Communities. Published, 03/2018.
    https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/trec_reports/16...
  • Rumore, D., Chandrasekhar, D. & Hinners, S. (2018). Tools and Techniques for Teaching Collaborative Regional Planning and Enhancing Livability and Sustainable Transportation in Gateway and Natural Amenity Regions.. National Institute of Transportation and Communities. Published, 03/2018.
    https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/trec_reports/16...
  • Finn, D., D. Chandrasekhar and Y. Xiao (2016). Planning for resilience in the New York metro region after Superstorm Sandy, in Spatial planning and resilience following disasters: International and comparative perspectives, Greiving, Tesliar, and Ubaura, eds. Policy Press. Published, 07/2016.
  • Chandrasekhar, D., Zhang, Y. & Xiao, Y. (2014). Non-traditional Participation in Disaster Recovery Planning: Cases from China, India, and the U.S., Journal of American Planning Association (JAPA), 80(4), pp. 373-384. Reprinted in: Urban Planning after Disasters, Robert B. Olshansky (Ed.), NY: Routledge, (forthcoming 2017). Published, 02/09/2015.
  • Chandrasekhar, D. & Finn, D. (2013). Influence of Household Recovery Capacity and Urgency on Post-Disaster Relocation: A Case Study of the Rockaways, New York After Hurricane Sandy (QR244). Boulder, CO: Natural Hazards Center. Online access: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/research/qr/submitted/finn_2013.pdf. Published, 09/01/2013.
  • Chandrasekhar, D. (2012). Digging deeper: Participation and non-participation in post-disaster community recovery. Community Development, 42(5), pp. 614-629. Published, 10/31/2012.
  • Chandrasekhar, D. (2011). “Living with Disasters: A Planning Approach to Critical Incidents”. In Handbook of Critical Incident Analysis. R. Schwester (Ed.). M.E. Sharpe: New York. Published, 03/14/2012.
  • Chandrasekhar, D. (2010). Setting the stage: How policy institutions create the scope for participation in planning. Journal of Disaster Research, 5(2), 130-137. Published, 07/2010.
  • Bronen, R., Chandrasekhar, D., Conde, D.A., Kavanova, K., Morinière, L.C., Schmidt-Verkerk, K., and Witter, R. (2008). Stay in Place or Migrate: A Research Perspective on Understanding Adaptation to a Changing Environment. Studies of the University: Research, Counsel, Education (SOURCE) - Publication Series of The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), 12/2009. pp. 12-19. Published, 12/2009.
  • Olshansky, B., Hopkins, L., Chandrasekhar, D. and Iuchi, K. (2009, June). “Disaster Recovery: Explaining Relationships among Actions, Decisions, Plans, Organizations, and People”. In Proceedings of 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. Published, 06/2009.
  • Zhu, W., Nedovic-Budic, Z., Olshansky, R., Gao, Y., Park, Y., Chandrasekhar, D., McAuley, E., Chodzko-Zajko, W., & Marti, J. (2008). Neighborhood characteristics and older adults’ walking behavior: A preliminary report. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 40(Suppl 5), S28. Published, 06/2008.
  • Zhu, W., Gao, Y., Park, Y., Yang, L., & Chandrasekhar, D. (2007). Development and validation of a walking space measure. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 78(Suppl 1), A-121. Published, 06/2007.