Agriculture grant awarded

Source: COS Discovery
Date: Monday Feb. 14th, 2011

Dr. Fernando Rivera was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. He will lead the Sociology component of a two year grant with two UCF faculty members from the department of Public Administration.

The trio will study how risk and vulnerabilities can be managed by identifying factors influencing community capacity and resilience in communities in Central Florida.

Further research for the project will study how risk can be communicated to reduce public complacency toward disasters.

Dr. Rivera will study how culture, complexity and social networks play a role in the communities. He will investigate sociological issues to address how pre-disaster social and economic inequalities need to be identified in order to create resilient communities.