Lawrence “Paul” Lewis is the Program Lead for Community Resilience and Sustainable Development in the Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division. In this capacity, Paul leads multidisciplinary analyses of critical infrastructure protection and community resilience strategies across the country, and the development of decision support tools to address these challenges. Paul’s primary project is support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP), which seeks to identify single points of system failure, opportunities for closing gaps in coordinated preparedness, and address potential consequences of cascading impacts to interdependent social and physical infrastructure.
In addition, Paul has developed decision support tools for international humanitarian assistance programs for the U.S. Department of Defense, energy supply chain security programs for the U.S. Department of Energy, and served as lead social scientist in the development of community resiliency frameworks for Argonne’s Center for Integrated Resiliency Analysis. Paul is also a Lecturer in the Threat and Response Management program at the University of Chicago, where he teaches a course on emergency management policymaking, law, and ethics. Paul received his B.A. and M.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, his J.D. from Tulane University Law School, and his M.S. from the University of Chicago.