Psychosocial, organizational, strategic, and international aspects of emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction
Dr. Alex Altshuler (PhD, MSW, MA) joined the Program on Crisis Leadership as a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow in August 2014; he has served as a Senior Fellow with PCL since September 2017. A prominent national and international researcher and civil servant in the areas of crisis leadership and emergency management, he focuses on psychosocial, organizational, strategic, and international aspects of emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction, among other topics.
Dr. Altshuler currently serves as the Director of Social Sciences and Humanities at Israel’s Ministry of Science and Technology and as the Founding Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the National Knowledge and Research Center in Emergency Readiness. He also serves as the National Expert and a member of the UN advisory board (Science and Technology Advisory Board) in disaster risk reduction. In addition, he has volunteered with a number of organizations throughout his career. Among others, he has volunteered since 1998 and serves as a Board Member of SELAH – The Israel Crisis Management Center. From 2016-2018 Alex served as the Founding Director of Research and Development for the Israel National Emergency Management Authority.
Dr. Altshuler has been awarded 20 academic prizes and fellowships, presented in 50 academic conferences, and published over 40 academic papers. Most recently, he co-authored an official 2019 UN scientific report on disaster risk reduction, available online at https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65182