Surveying Metropolitan Resilience

UAP 5424:  Survey Research Tools for Metropolitan Resilience
“Class in the Cloud” +
Thursday, 4-6:45 PM + Sat. March 2, March 30, April 20
Instructor:  Kris Wernstedt (

A hands-on application course to develop, administer, and analyze results from a survey of US metropolitan disaster experiences.

We’ll spend the semester examining the impacts of severe storms on power and transport in urban areas, spending the bulk of time in designing, constructing, implementing, and interpreting a survey of public officials about impacts from several recent hurricanes.  The course will cover natural disasters topically, but students also will experience an A to Z guide of how to conduct a survey, making this an especially useful (and rare) class for PhD and Master’s who want to learn about and actually participate in all aspects of a survey-based study.

We will run the course through Zoom, involving NCR, Blacksburg, and Richmond students.  This will be a distributed Zoom class, meaning each student in the three locations (and me) will participated from their own computers at home, or wherever (not sitting in a classroom).  We will meet face-to-face on several Saturdays for longer work sessions (tentatively scheduled for March 2, March 30, and April 20).  These Saturday sessions count for class hours, so we will meet on only one-half of the Thursdays of the semester.