Katherine Idziorek, AICP is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington and holds dual master degrees in architecture and urban planning. Katherine’s research is focused on understanding the role of social networks and social infrastructure in community-scale disaster preparedness and longer-term community resilience and well-being. Her dissertation project comprises a mixed-methods comparative study of three characteristically different Washington State communities to better understand the relationship between attitudes and disaster preparedness as well as the potential for local resource matching. Recently, Katherine was part of the Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research team for the Localizing Hazard Mitigation: Recommendations for Westport’s Comprehensive Plan Update project.

Before returning to the University of Washington to pursue a Ph.D., Katherine worked as a professional urban planning and urban design consultant for more than eight years. Most recently, as a member of VIA Architecture’s Seattle-based Community Design Studio, she was an integral part of several place-based transit planning and community visioning projects in the greater Seattle region. As a professional planner, she maintained a connection with academia, serving as an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning and as a member of the Department of Architecture’s Professional Advisory Committee, and the Seattle Center Foundation Board of Trustees. In her current role as a Seattle Planning Commissioner, she continues to strive to find opportunities to bridge planning research and practice in support of racial equity, social justice, and community well-being.

Research fields
  • Disciplinary: Socio-ecological resilience, community resilience and well-being, social networks, social infrastructure, social capital, community engagement, social trust, resource sharing, multimodal transportation networks, socio-technological networks, urban design, digital design
  • Methods: sample surveys, social network analysis, GIS/spatial analysis, scenario planning, qualitative methods
Research collaborations (while at the University of Washington)
  • Collaborator, Socially-integrated Technological Solutions for Real-time Response and Neighborhood Survival After Extreme Events, NSF Smart & Connected Communities initiative, 2020 – present
  • Research Assistant, Building Community Adaptive Capacity: Resilience in three WA State communities, The Bullitt Foundation: Thought Leadership and Innovation in Applied Urban Sustainability Research, Scholarship and Action, 2018 – present
  • Research Assistant, Teaching Old Models New Tricks (TOMNET), USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center, 2017 – present
  • Research Assistant, THINK Lab, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2016 – present
  • Student Researcher, Localizing Hazard Mitigation: Recommendations for Westport’s Comprehensive Plan Update, University of Washington Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research, 2018 – 2019
  • Collaborator, Mobility, Health, and Resilience in Smart, Connected Communities (MOHERE), NSF Smart & Connected Communities initiative, 2018
  • Scoping workshop participant, NSF Coastlines & People (CoPe) initiative, Virtual workshop, 2018

Select projects and work experience are included on this website. See my full CV here: Katherine Idziorek cv 09202020

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Katherine Idziorek, AICP