A.R. Siders is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in the Disaster Research Center, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, and department of Geography and Spatial Sciences in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. She holds a JD and a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources. Siders previously served as an environmental fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, a legal fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, and a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Navy. Her current projects focus on adaptive capacity, managed retreat, and adaptation equity. She believes adaptation is opportunity and that we should be ambitious, if not audacious, in dreaming of and planning for a better future. Originally from Duluth, MN, she misses the cold.
U.S. disaster policy emphasizes recovery rather than prevention. The Federal Government must overhaul disaster policy to eliminate devastating billion-dollar disasters.