Jim Schwab, is a recognized urban planner, author and
speaker, specializing in natural hazards and disaster recovery.
with the American Planning Association (APA) in Chicago, Jim manages the
Planning Research Center co-edits Zonig Practice and contributes to the
Recovery News blog. He recently updated the 1998 PAS Report, Planning for
Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction: Next Generation. He represents
APA in the NOAA Digital Coast Partnership, is a frequent speaker on hazards
issues, and often represents APA in federal agency program development with
regard to hazards.
Jim has worked overseas in the Dominican Republic following
Hurricane Georges, in Sri Lanka following the Indian Ocean tsunami, and in New
Zealand on a three-week Visiting Fellowship in 2008 with the Centre for
Advanced Engineering in New Zealand. He is also adjunct professor in the School
of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa.