GRI Founding Director, Dr. Stephen Flynn will be a featured panelist at Volpe National Transportation Systems – U.S. Department of Transportation – upcoming event, The Imperative and Opportunity to Invest in Resilience Infrastructure. Even prior to the catastrophic COVID-19 crisis, the World Bank had been estimated that economic losses due to major disasters had been reaching $500 billion annually. The need for resilient infrastructure is critical and yet there are major barriers to advancing the widespread adoption of resilient design and engineering best practices. Dr. Flynn, will be presenting options for overcoming those barriers, outline how we should be using disaster recovery and economic development dollars into catalyzing investment in critical and sustainable infrastructure resilience.

The event will take place, Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 12:00 to 12:45 PM EST. To register, click here.

About the Speaker

Dr. Stephen Flynn is Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University where he leads a major university-wide research initiative to inform and advance societal resilience in the face of growing human-made and naturally-occurring turbulence. He is a Professor of Political Science with affiliated faculty appointments in the College of Engineering and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Professor Flynn has previously served as President of the Center for National Policy and spent a decade as a senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has presented expert congressional testimony before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on 31 occasions. Dr. Flynn was an active duty commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, including two tours as commanding officer at sea. He is co-author of the textbook, Critical Infrastructures Resilience: Policy and Engineering Principles (2018), and author of The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2007), and the national bestseller, America the Vulnerable (HarperCollins 2004). Prof. Flynn holds the M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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