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When natural disasters occur, university researchers and their community partners, particularly those in the disaster areas, are often expected to assume responsibility for generating knowledge from these events. As both natural and man-made disasters continue to occur, more faculty will be unexpectedly thrust into the arena of disaster-related research. This article explores the opportunities and challenges experienced by four social work faculty who made their initial forays into disaster-related research in the midst of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The research projects, partnerships, innovations, and problems associated with their research endeavors are discussed. In addition, recommendations for engaging in disaster-related research for researchers new to this area of inquiry are explored.


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  • Journal title
    • Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

  • Volume
    • 2

  • Issue
    • 1

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022