Biography

Iris Goodman works at the U.S. EPA in the Administrator’s Office. She began working in interdisciplinary teams at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment in the early 1980’s. She was Deputy Director for EPA’s Ecosystem Services Research Program, 2007-2010, and interim Deputy for EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program, 2011-2012. She spent a decade working with state legislatures, EPA Regions, and large-area conservation projects in the western U.S.; this experience informs her approach to problem-solving. She holds a B.S. in Resource Conservation (Economics minor) U.MD, and an M.S. in Land Resources, Institute for Environmental Studies, U.W. – Madison.

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Associate Guest Editor for the Resilience Issue Resilience Practice ably picks up where Resilience Thinking (2010) left off. The book lays out examples of how people around the globe have put resilience principles into practice to manage their environs and their livelihoods. In this sequel, authors Brian Walker and David Salt again demonstrate …

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Whenever a disaster strikes, such as the 2011 Fukushima meltdown or the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, our instinctive response is to overcome the shock, assist the victims, and return to normal as quickly as possible. But perhaps returning to normal is the wrong strategy. Perhaps, instead, we should try to understand the changing conditions …

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