NYU's faculty and research centers continue to play a central role in both local and national efforts for long-term recovery and planning. Use the links below to find out about initiatives at various schools and institutes throughout the Univeristy.
The NYU Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK), an interdisciplinary, university-wide social science research institute, began investigating what happened during Hurricane Sandy in November 2012. Initiatives included the Superstorm Research Lab, a public forum series on Sandy and climate change, and their partnership with the federal government in leading a resiliency rebuilding project, Rebuild by Design.
IPK's public forum series, Sandy, Climate Change, and the Future of New York City, was a set of eight events spread through the winter and spring 2012-2013 that brought together faculty and members of the public to discuss issues brought about or exacerbated by the storm, including housing, infrastructure, security, and climate change.
The first forum was held in December 2012. Moderated by Chelsea Clinton, the panel featured individual presentations and a discussion between experts Heidi Cullen (Climate Watch), Klaus Jacob (Columbia/SIPA), Dale Jamieson (NYU/Environmental Studies), and Eric Klinenberg (NYU/IPK/Sociology).
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force selected IPK as their lead partner in an innovative large-scale recovery initiative: Rebuild by Design, a multi-stage design competition to develop resiliency solutions that are both locally contextual and regionally scalable. Designs selected through the competition will be implemented through both public and private funding.
Rebuild by Design created collaborations between design architects, international experts, local communities, and regional stakeholders. Hundreds of design teams were initially tapped to participate. In October 2013, after a months-long series of conversations which IPK organized with communities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and beyond, HUD selected 10 projects to pursue through to completion backed by private and public funding.
In November 2012, the NYU Institute for Public Knowledge and the NYU Office of Sustainability supported the creation of the Superstorm Research Lab (SRL), a research collective which has worked to understand the changes in how New York City policy actors, NGO leaders, activists, volunteers, and residents think about social, economic and environmental issues following Hurricane Sandy.
SRL researches discourses concerning climate change, inequity, resilience, and governance coming out of the Superstorm. SRL continues to produce traditional academic articles, but also pushes the boundaries of what it means to do scholarly work founded on the desire to create change. Explore their extensive archive of online resources, including interviews, academic articles, policy white papers, public articles and presentations, a massive public data repository, and best practices guides designed with and for affected communities.
Several academic instutes within the NYU Robert Wagner School of Public Service have dedicated large amounts of resources to studying the effects of the storm and solutions to the crises it has caused or exacerbated.
The NYU Langone Medical Center suffered catastrophic damage and a forced evacuation of its patients during Hurricane Sandy. The long-term consequences are still being felt, but the facilities have been largely repaired and emergency protocols have been revised in the wake of the storm.
Powered by Our People: The Story of Hurricane Sandy, NYU Langone, and New York
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), an “applied think tank” led by New York University and Stony Brook University. According to the Governor’s announcement, NYS RISE “will serve as a hub of research and education on emergency preparedness, as well as a clearinghouse of information regarding extreme weather and natural disasters.”