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Brian Gerber

Brian Gerber

Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
411 N. Central Ave, Ste 450
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0687


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Co-Director, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Brian J. Gerber is an Associate Professor at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University, where he is Director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program.

Dr. Gerber received his PhD from Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 2000. His research specialization areas include disaster policy and management, homeland security policy and administration, and environmental regulatory policy. He has published articles in journals such as Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Policy Studies Journal, Political Research Quarterly, Public Finance and Management, Public Performance and Management Review and Urban Affairs Review, among others. Previously, he has served as Executive Director of the Buechner Institute for Governance at the University of Colorado Denver, as Research Director for the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University, has been a Research Associate with West Virginia University’s Regional Research Institute, was a Research Fellow with the National Science Foundation’s “Next Generation of Hazards Researchers” program and has served as a subject matter expert on a variety of projects. He sits on the executive committee of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, was a five-year member of the Denver Board of Environmental Health, is a editorial board member of the Policy Studies Journal, of Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy and of the Oxford University Press’ research encyclopedia Natural Hazard Science. His publications with co-authors received national research article-of-the-year awards in 2008 and 2009.

Dr. Gerber has extensive experience performing policy analysis and program evaluation work for state and local government agencies, as well as major national nonprofits engaged in disaster relief and recovery work. He has garnered over $3 million via research grants on these issues from funders such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. Currently he is working on research and book projects related to local governments and climate change, large scale disaster evacuation management, the dynamics of natural hazards governance, and is a Co-Principal Investigator for NSF’s current round of its hazards researcher fellowship program.


  • PhD, State University of New York-Stony Brook, 2000
  • MA, University of New Mexico, 1993
  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1990

Journal Articles


Eller, W., B. J. Gerber and L. E. Branch. 2015. Voluntary nonprofit organizations and disaster management: Identifying the nature of inter-sector coordination and collaboration in disaster service assistance provision. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 6(2):223-238. DOI: 10.1002/rhc3.12081. (link )

Gerber, B. J. 2015. Local governments and climate change in the United States: Assessing administrators' perspectives on hazard management challenges and responses. State and Local Government Review 47(1):48-56. DOI: 10.1177/0160323X15575077. (link )


Gerber, B. J. 2014. Climate change as a policy development and public management challenge: An introduction to key themes. Risk, Harzards, & Crisis in Public Policy 5(2):97-108. DOI: 10.1002/rhc3.12059. (link )

Goggin, M. L., B. J. Gerber and S. J. Larson. 2014. U.S. local governments and climate change: Examining the acquisition and use of research-based knowledge in policy development. Risk, Hazards, & Crisis in Public Policy 5(2):156-177. DOI: 10.1002/rhc3.12057. (link )


Robinson, S. E., W. S. Eller, M. Gall and B. J. Gerber. 2013. The core and periphery of emergency management networks. Public Management Review 15(3):344-362. DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2013.769849. (link )

Robinson, S. E., B. J. Gerber, W. S. Eller and M. Gall. 2013. Emergency planning and disabled populations: Assessing the FNSS approach. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 31(2):315-329. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2045619. (link )

Book Chapters

In Press

Gerber, B. J., C. Provost and M. Gall. Environmental governance in western Europe: A comparative assessment of local sustainability practices in the presence of climate change vulnerability. In: Sapat, A. ed., Routledge Handbook of Environmental Governance. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138920507.


Gall, M. and B. J. Gerber. 2014. Hazard mitigtation, economic development and resilience: A comparative analysis of flood control policy and practice in Germany, The Netherlands, and Great Britain. Pp. 213-253 In: Kapucu, N. and K. T. Liou eds., Disaster and Development: Examining Global Issues and Cases. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-04467-5.