Walter Gillis Peacock

Professor, Dept. of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning; Research Survey Statistician, Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division, Small Area Modeling & Development, U.S. Census Bureau; Sandy and Bryan Mitchell Master Builder Endowed Chair; Sr. Faculty Fellow, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center
Curriculum Vitae

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  • Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning
  • U. S. Census Bureau
  • Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center
  • Texas Target Communities
  • Center for Housing and Community Development
  • Texas Research Data Center (TXRDC)

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WALTER GILLIS PEACOCK, is professor of Urban Planning in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and the Director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University (TAMU) where he has been a member of the faculty since 2002. He is also working at the U.S. Census Bureau as a Research Survey Statistician, in the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division, Small Area Modeling & Development, with the Community Resilience Estimation Program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He is internationally known for his research on disaster recovery, community resiliency, and social vulnerability. In 2009 he was awarded the Quarantelli Award for Social Science Disaster Theory, acknowledging significant theoretical work in disaster and hazards research. Between 2008 and 2012 he was the holder of the Rodney L. Dockery Endowed Professorship in Housing and the Homeless and in 2012 he was awarded the Sandy and Bryan Mitchell Master Builder Endowed Chair at Texas A&M. In 2014 he received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Research from Texas A&M, an award sponsored by the Association of Former Students. He has conducted research in Florida, Texas, California, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, the former Yugoslavia, Italy, Turkey, and India. He has been PI or Co-PI on 6.8 million dollars in external funding since joining TAMU with the majority of that funding coming from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). He has authored or co-authored 3 books and over a hundred and fifty journal articles, book chapters, research monographs, and professional papers. He served (2019-2021) as Program Director for the Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment (HDBE) Program, in the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), Engineering Directorate, at the National Science Foundation. He has given briefings on household, housing, and community recovery following major natural disasters to local, state, and federal officials. Examples include speaking on Capitol Hill addressing housing recovery issues, serving on an expert team assembled by the National Academies of Science investigating housing and housing assistance, consulting for the Governmental Accountability Office on housing rebuilding and recovery issues, and speaking on a National Academies of Science panel on community resiliency and disaster recovery. He has constantly striven for his research to make a difference in helping make our communities stronger and more disaster resistant and sustainable places to live.



Columbus State University


University of Georgia


University of Georgia

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Peacock is interested in urban planning, sustainability and resiliency issues, natural hazard, hazard mitigation and adaptation, long-term disaster recovery, hurricane evacuation, and quantitative methods.