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William Siembieda is tenured full Professor of City and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and founding director of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Resilient Communities Research Institute (RCRI). Dr. Siembieda holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of City and Regional Planning degree and an Economics B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held academic appointments at the University of New Mexico and the University of California-San Diego.

Siembieda applies urban planning principles to the study of resiliency, risk reduction and hazard mitigation; and a policy focus on how to best integrate complex actions in the management of resilient and safe urban places.

His work appears in a range of peer reviewed journals including: The Journal of Disaster Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science Research, Journal of Integrated Risk Management, the U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, and Earthquake Spectra. Professional publications include the
Asian Development Bank Report Series, Planning, The World Bank’s
Learning from Mega Disasters series, and the Natural Hazards Observer.

His professional practice efforts related to hazard and risk reduction are transnational. Examples include being a subject matter expert to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Chilean National Center for Integrated Management of Disaster Risk, New Zealand’s Joint Center for Disaster Research, the Prevention and Preparedness Plan for the Federal District of Caracas (with JICA), the State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and the State of California Adaptation Planning Guide.

Among his academic honors are: Fulbright Research Fellow to Mexico, a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, and visiting research professor appointments at Kyoto’s University’s Disaster Reduction Systems Center, Japan; Joint Center for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand and the National Chilean Center for Integrated Management of Disaster Risk award for contribution to the advancement of Disaster Science in Chile.


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