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Sarah Dobie

Current Student—Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning

Sarah Dobie

Email: sdobie@umich.edu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahdobie/

Areas of Interest: sustainable development, climate change adaptation and resilience, climate finance, disaster management, management systems, indicators and metrics

Advisor: Richard Norton


Sarah is a doctoral student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. Her current research focuses on coastal resilience in Michigan Great Lakes communities, specifically examining social vulnerability, public policy, and fiscal impacts related to climate change. 

Prior to her doctoral education, Sarah earned a BS/MS in Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety & Environmental, Health and Safety Management at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her thesis focused on measuring the economic and social value of CSR contributions made by hotel and lodging industry to community disaster relief and resilience, specifically examining how hotels leverage their physical, human, and social resources to assist the community during a disaster. 

During her graduate year, Sarah co-taught a Wicked Problems class focused on Feeding the World Sustainably. The class learned on how to apply various industrial engineering tools such as system mapping and root cause analysis, develop an innovative solution and business plan, and communicate about their specific aspect of the wicked problem. Sarah also worked as a research associate throughout her time at the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Arizona State University as part of the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network. Her other professional experience includes working as a sub-consultant for Climate Resilience Consulting, as the climate action plan manager at Rochester Institute of Technology, and as a sustainability intern at Constellation Brands, Rochester Regional Health, and Carestream Health. 

Courses Taught:

Wicked Problems

Select Papers:

  • S. Dobie, J. Schneider, & A. Szafranski, “Going beyond the Waffle House index: Using food systems as an indicator of community health and sustainability” 2019 International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (IEEE HST 2019), Waltham, MA. November 2019. Forthcoming.
  • S. Dobie, J. Schneider, M. Kesgin, & R. Lagewiski. (2018). “Hotels as critical hubs for destination resilience: an analysis of hotel corporations’ CSR activities supporting disaster relief and resilience” Infrastructures Special Issue on Resilient Infrastructure Systems. 
  • J. Schneider, J. Hummel, J. Rosenbeck, & S. Dobie. (2018). “Community resilience management: reflections and strategies from corporate sustainability” Journal of Environmental Sustainability, 6(1): 15-36.
  • J. Schneider, C. Romanowski, S. Mishra, R. K. Raj, & S. Dobie, “Building robust risk management as a method of situational awareness at the local level” 2018 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (IEEE HST 2018), Woburn, MA. October 2018. 
  • S. Dobie & J. Schneider, “Development of a process improvement matrix to measure community level sustainability:  a collaborative case study of Rochester, NY, USA” 2017 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (IEEE HST 2017), Waltham, MA. May 2017.

Select Presentations:

  • S. Dobie & J. Schneider, “Critical Hospitality: metrics as a path to resort resilience” 2018 ISSST International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, Buffalo, NY. June 2018.
  • S. Dobie, & J. Schneider, “Measuring the impact of organizational efforts on community sustainability and resilience” AWMA Finding Common Ground on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Arlington, Virginia (October 2017).
  • J. Schneider & S. Dobie, “Pulling a string: Creating laddered metrics for community resilience management” Resilience Week Conference, Wilmington, Delaware (September 2017).

Select Book Chapters and Reports:

Select Grants, Fellowships, and Awards:

  • 11/2019 - IEEE International Symposium on Technology for Homeland Security, Best Paper Award
  • 05/2019 - Rochester Institute of Technology, Academic Convocation Graduate Student Speaker
  • 05/2019 - Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Engineering Technology Commencement Graduate Student Speaker
  • 09/2018 - American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation Grant, Graduate Research Associate, $15,000
  • 02/2018, 02/2019 - AWMA/NYWEA Outstanding Environmental Management Student Award, $2,000
  • 09/2018 - College of Engineering Technology General Scholarship, $1,500
  • 08/2018 - BS/MS Scholarship, $12,000
  • 06/2018 - Rochester Institute of Technology Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship, $1,000
  • 03/2018 - Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award
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