Susan Lynn Cutter (born 1950) is an American geographer and disaster researcher who is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography and director of the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina. She is the author or editor of many books on disasters and disaster recovery. Her areas of expertise include the factors that make people and places susceptible to disasters, how people recover from disasters, and how to map disasters and disaster hazards. She chaired a committee of the National Research Council that in 2012 recommended more open data in disaster-monitoring systems, more research into disaster-resistant building techniques, and a greater emphasis on the ability of communities to recover from future disasters.
Before joining the South Carolina faculty in 1993, Cutter worked for the
University of Washington and Rutgers University. She also worked from 2009 to 2012 at the University Institute for Environment and Human Security, in Bonn, Germany, as Munich Re Foundation Chair on Social Vulnerability.
Rating Places: A Geographer's View on Quality of Life (Association of American Geographers, 1985)
Exploitation, Conservation, Preservation: A Geographic Perspective on Natural Resource Use (with William H. Renwick, Wiley, 1991; 4th ed., 2003)
Environmental Risks and Hazards (Prentice-Hall, 1994)
Living with Risk: The Geography of Technological Hazards (Wiley, 1995)
South Carolina Atlas of Environmental Risks and Hazards (with Deborah S. K. Thomas, Micah E. Cutler, Jerry T. Mitchell, and Michael S. Scott, University of South Carolina Press, 1999)
American Hazardscapes: The Regionalization of Hazards and Disasters (edited, National Academies Press / Joseph Henry Press, 2001)
The Geographical Dimensions of Terrorism (edited with Douglas B. Richardson and Thomas J. Wilbanks, Routledge, 2003)
Geography and Technology (edited with Stanley D. Brunn and J. W Harrington Jr., Kluwer, 2004)
Hazards, Vulnerability and Environmental Justice (edited, Routledge, 2006)
Hurricane Katrina and the Forgotten Coast of Mississippi (with Christopher T. Emrich, Jerry T. Mitchell, Walter W. Piegorsch, Mark M. Smith, and Lynn Weber, Cambridge University Press, 2014)
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