Sarah M. Bassett

Sarah M. Bassett is a Professor of Practice in the School of Public Affairs, Emergency Management program at Arizona State University. She is the co-director of the Resilient Visions Colab at ASU and co-runs the New York collective, Peoples Culture. She specializes in a transdisciplinary planning practice that addresses the social and spatial effects of natural and technological hazards, with an emphasis on how communities adapt to and manage their risk from these uncertain conditions. This work combines place-based practices, spatial and affective computing, and policy advocacy to connect local needs with long-range planning and policy change in support of humane urbanism. Sarah was elected to the national board of the American Planning Association’s Technology Division in 2022. Sarah has published and exhibited multiple co-created works which have been featured in the New York Times, is archived with The Smithsonian Institution, featured in MIT’s Co-Creation Studio and publications, and published with the American Planning Association, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Transportation Research Board. She has also held senior-level positions at large planning firms in New York City and the US Southeast to lead risk assessment, climate adaptation, disaster recovery, green infrastructure, multi-modal infrastructure, and long-range planning projects. Sarah continues to practice in these areas in the US East and Southwest.