This is the periodically updated and minimally edited thinking aloud space of Gregory Vigneaux. Gregory is a researcher and educator working in and around disaster risk management. He is primarily focused on exploring the convergence of theory and practice in the design of processes of sustainability and resiliency in complex systems. At the center of his work is a deep concern for how organizations position themselves through their philosophy, strategy, practice, and products, to act in and on the world. Gregory’s work intends toward helping industry reduce their contribution to global risk and assisting emergency and disaster management organizations with the creation of lasting shared value.

While concurrently working as an emergent management practitioner, Gregory earned an MS in Emergency Services Administration and a BS in Wildland Fire Management. He has been presented with awards while working as a wildland firefighter and in the academy for the movement of theory to practice.

Prior to focusing on academia, Gregory worked as a wildland firefighter on National Park Service and United States Forest Service Interagency Hotshot Crews. Experience as a wildland firefighter afforded Gregory the opportunity to suppress forest fires in fourteen states in an array of wilderness and wildland-urban interface settings. More recently, he has worked in California State Long Beach’s emergency management graduate program, served as a research consultant for Save the Children and designed emergency management curriculum for Massey University. He is presently participating in the development of ADAPT, a higher education program for emergency and disaster management practitioners, leading the revival and redirection of the Disaster Timelines project, and developing methods to help others navigate the complexity of disaster risk through his ongoing work.


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