Dr. Tierney is the director of the Natural Hazards Center at CU Boulder. The Center serves as a clearinghouse for social science knowledge on hazards, disasters, and risk; conducts research on a variety of topics in those areas; and provides training for the next generation of hazards and disaster research. Dr. Tierney's research focuses on the sociological dimensions of hazards and disasters and on disaster loss reduction policies and practices. She also engages in collaborative projects in which researchers from different disciplines explore disaster- and hazard-related topics. Dr. Tierney teaches an undergraduate course entitled 'Hazards, Disasters, and Society' and graduate courses on disaster research, qualitative methods, and qualitative data analysis.
Societal dimensions of hazards, disasters, and risk, qualitative and field research