Communicator, Lecturer, and Researcher

Dr. Paula R. Buchanan

About Me

I am a disaster scientist and emergency management researcher. My work lies at the intersection of public health, education, and communications. 

I have professional experience in risk communication, science communication, university-level instruction, business continuity, risk management, and project management.  

As a water + data nerd, I am interested in (you guessed it) drinking water issues and data science, and the intersection of the two areas. 

Check out part of my portfolio to learn more about me.

My Research

I focus on technology as a risk communication and messaging tool. I study public health, education, and outreach messaging about the availability and access to drinking water resources.

I seek to understand how technology influences the effectiveness of drinking water messaging in urban, marginalized, and minoritized communities.

I am passionate about public education and outreach efforts—and the risk communication messages that they should contain—to more effectively educate diverse populations drinking water and its supporting physical infrastructure, specifically that it is a limited resource that is required for all forms of life to exist.

As a socio-hydrologist, my research focuses on how people interact with drinking water systems, and human behavior’s impact on these systems that support the drinking water that we receive to sustain our lives.