The Disaster Research Center (DRC) was established at Ohio State University in 1963 by Professors E.L. Quarantelli, Russell Dynes, and Eugene Haas, and moved to its current location at the University of Delaware, in 1985. The Center was the first in the world devoted to the social scientific study of disasters. It has evolved into a world-renown research center with faculty from sociology, public policy, engineering, history, and English.
Although not formally associated with the EEM Concentration, DRC faculty offer many of the core concentration courses. Faculty research grants have provided opportunities for independent studies, data for senior thesis projects, and undergraduate research assistantships. Students in the concentration are made aware of DRC sponsored lectures, which host expert scholars and practitioners from around the world. DRC’s expansive library (over 55,000 publications) offers a wealth of information for concentration students working on papers and projects.