Dr. Kathleen A. Kost
Social networks; Poverty; Employment
Summary of Recent Relevant Research:
Dr. Kost is currently co-editor of a book with Robin Ersing from Florida State University entitled Surviving disaster: The role of social networks and is also the coauthor of three of the book’s eight chapters. The book suggests that disaster preparedness must begin at the level of strengthening social networks between individuals, families, organizations, neighborhoods and communities. The absence of a social capital perspective from this discussion can lead to an over-emphasis on hazard plans rather than an assessment of the ability of a community to respond to unexpected events and the development of mechanisms that promote the care and protection of its most vulnerable citizens.