Peek Co-Authors Article on Research Ethics for Nature

Published on December 6, 2019


A collapsed building in the city of Palu in Sulawesi, Indonesia, after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit the region in September 2018. Credit: Hariandi Hafid/SOPA/Zuma Wire

Lori Peek, principal investigator of the NHERI CONVERGE initiative, co-authored an article in the November 2019 issue of Nature. Entitled “Disaster-zone research needs a code of conduct,” the commentary urges researchers to study the effects of earthquakes, floods and other natural hazards with sensitivity to ethical dilemmas and power imbalances.

Peek also leads the NSF-funded Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) and Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Extreme Events Research (ISEER) initiatives. She is professor of sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.