ASU - Bill Anderson Fund Partnership

Upcoming Workshop

October 12-14, 2022

Environmental Justice
Water Rights and Water Management
Just Sustainability/Resilience
Professional Development

Gold Sponsors:

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Silver Sponsors:

Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Del E. Webb School of Construction
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
New College
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
The Graduate School

Bronze Sponsors:

Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Previous Workshops

PDF icon 2021 BAF Workshop Program

PDF icon 2020 BAF Workshop Program


Planning Committee

Melanie Gall, School of Public Affairs, CEMHS

Michelle Hale, American Indian Studies

David Hondula, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (on leave)

Anthony Lamanna, Del E. Webb School of Construction

Vernon Morris, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

About the Bill Anderson Fund

Founded in 2014 by Norma Doneghy Anderson, the William Averette Anderson Fund (lovingly referred to as the Bill Anderson Fund) is dedicated to the work and legacy of William (Bill) Averette Anderson who passed away in 2013. Bill spent his career working to understand and mitigate the causes and consequences of hazards risk, and in particular, to understand and address the extent to which marginalized groups are among those who suffer the worst consequences when disasters do strike. The BAF is "committed to delivering robust support to graduate students in the hazards and disaster field to build a future cohort of professionals, mentors, academics, and researchers who can address inequities and make fair and swift response possible for our communities." 


Our Partnership

As academic partner, ASU supports the BAF by mentoring fellows and hosting fellows on campus for networking, cohort activities, professional development, and research workshops. At ASUWilliam Averette Anderson served as an associate professor and full professor in sociology between 1969 and 1976. He left ASU to serve as program director for the National Science Foundation for 23 years, and subsequent positions at the World Bank as well as the National Academies of Sciences. Bill served as a mentor and role model to countless new researchers and practitioners in the field. ASU is honored to partner with the BAF and continue Bill's work.


ASU BAF Fellows

We want to increase the representation of BAF fellows studying at ASU. If you are thinking about a PhD program and disaster-related research at ASU, please contact your advisor or reach out to Dr. Melanie Gall (


Joseph Karanja

Ph.D. Student in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Joseph Karanja is a PhD student in Geographic Information Science at ASU (School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He received his masters in Geosciences (Geography) at Georgia State University. Karanja's research interests focus on heat vulnerability, entailing the integration of socioeconomic and environmental vulnerability to create composite metrics of heat vulnerability across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Additionally, Karanja investigates how different spatial analysis methods influence the determination of
vulnerable populations and locations and their implications on policymaking.



For more information on the cohort of current fellows or alumni, please see HERE.