Rose Appointed Interim Director of CREATE

CREATE Research Fellow and Sol Price School of Public Policy Research Professor Adam Rose has been appointed Interim Director of the Center. The term of this appointment is for the period July 1 to December 31, 2019, while Director Detlof von Winterfeldt is on sabbatical.

Professor Rose received his PhD in Economics from Cornell University and has held appointments at the University of California, Riverside; West Virginia University; and The Pennsylvania State University, where he served as Professor and Head of the Department of Energy and Environmental Economics, as well as Professor of Geography.

He has been affiliated with CREATE since 2005, even before coming to USC the following year.  He previously served the Center as Coordinator for Economics between 2006 and 2012.

“I’m honored to have been asked to serve as the Interim Director, given the importance of the position and the fine leadership provided by previous directors, most notably Professor von Winterfeldt, who was a co-founding Director in CREATE’s early years and has served a second term since 2015,” Rose noted.  “One of the reasons I came to USC was the existence of CREATE and its important role in research and policy advising in critical areas of terrorism attacks, natural hazards, technological accidents. CREATE has established itself as a leader in the areas of risk and economic analysis, and I would like to continue this tradition.”

One of Professor Rose’s priorities is to work with a Strategic Planning and Hiring Committee comprised of faculty from the Price School and the Viterbi School of Engineering, the two units at USC with which CREATE is affiliated, to recruit a permanent director for CREATE. “We hope to attract an outstanding researcher with high-level administrative experience to carry on the tradition of excellence in the Director’s position,” Rose said.

Professor Rose has done groundbreaking research on the economic consequences of and resilience to disasters. He spearheaded the development of CREATE’s economic consequence capability, which has been applied to several important case studies, and recently resulted in the development of a rapid estimation decision-support software system known as the Economic Consequence Analysis Tool (E- CAT). Case study applications include: working with several other researchers to arrive at a consensus estimate of the economic consequences of the 9/11 World Trade Center Attacks, the impacts of closing the US borders to a terrorist or health threat, and disruption to major infrastructure systems, such as electricity and water, cyber networks, and seaports.  He has also done pioneering work on economic resilience, in which he focuses on how businesses and their customers can cope with disruptions of critical materials and services. More recently his research has involved measuring the cost-effectiveness of several resilience tactics in the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy and Hurricane Harvey. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, United Nations, The World Bank, DHS and several of its components and other research centers, such as FEMA and the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, respectively, as well as government agencies at all levels, and private industry.

Rose is currently working on several major studies, including an evaluation of whether soft-target terrorist countermeasures have a positive or negative net effect on business (in conjunction with CREATE Research Fellow Richard John), migration in the aftermath of disasters (in conjunction with CREATE Research Fellow Jonathan Eyer), and three studies relating to economic consequence and resilience analysis (in conjunction with CREATE Research Fellow Dan Wei).

Rose noted that he looked forward to continuing his research at CREATE after his short-term administrative appointment is completed. He stated that “I especially enjoy mentoring graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty at CREATE and other COEs in the process of doing my research. I take great pride in their accomplishments as well.”