Julia Crowley

Julia Crowley
Assistant Professor
Science and Engineering

Contact Info
Katz Hall 106G


Dr. Julia Crowley is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Crowley's research interests include disaster debris management planning, plastic waste reduction, social vulnerability and disasters, risk perception, and environmental justice. Her research was heavily inspired by her time in the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer where she served from 2009-2012.


Spring 2016 Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Spring

2016 Certificate in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Spring

2014 M.A., Regional Planning, Cornell University

Spring 2009 B.A., Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Expertise: Disaster debris management, plastic waste reduction, GIS for emergency management, disaster recovery, risk perception, social vulnerability, environmental justice.

Work Experience

Aug. 2022-Present Assistant Professor of Urban Planning + Design, University of Missouri-Kansas City – Tenure Track

Aug. 2017-Aug. 2022 Assistant Professor of Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM), Western Carolina University - Tenure Track

May 2016-June 2017 Post-Doctoral Scholar, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


Crowley, J. (In Press). Responding to the plastic crisis: Local government plastic bans and consumer behavior towards single-use plastic bags in Tarlac, Philippines. Philippine Journal of Public Administration.

Ghimire, J., Nepal, R. M., Crowley, J., Ghimire, D., & Guragain, S. (2023). Vulnerabilities and risk perceptions of contracting COVID-19 among Nepali migrant workers. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 7(1), 100486. doi: 10.1016/j.ssaho.2023.100486

Ghimire, J., Nepal, R. M., Crowley, J., Ghimire, D., & Guragain, S. (2022). The psychological, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19 on Nepali migrant workers. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 00219096221141359. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/00219096221141359

Crowley, J. (2022). A comparative analysis of social vulnerability and proximity to coal-fired power plants and windmill farms. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, 13(3), 238-254. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/rhc3.12239

Crowley, J. (2021). An assessment of the effectiveness of FEMA’s pilot program for debris removal after hurricanes. Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, 47(4), 643-652. doi: https://doi.org/10.5276/JSWTM/2021.643

Crowley, J. (2021). A qualitative study of risk perception and preparedness knowledge in two midwestern communities that are located near nuclear power plants. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy. 12(2), 181-193. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/rhc3.12214

Crowley, J. (2021). Social vulnerability factors and reported post-disaster needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 12, 13-23. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13753-020-00315-5

Crowley, J. (2020). Plastic bag consumption habits in the Northern Philippines. Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 160, 104848. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.104848

Crowley, J. (2020). Disaster debris management best practice case studies. Journal of Emergency Management, 18(2), 171-182. doi: 10.5055/jem.2020.0460 

Das, P., & Crowley, J. (2018). Sanitation for all: A Panglossian perspective? Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 8(4), 718-729. doi: 10.2166/washdev.2018.011

Crowley J., & Flachsbart, P. (2018). Local debris management planning and FEMA policies on disaster recovery in the United States. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 27, 373-379. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.10.024

Crowley, J. (2017). A measurement of the effectiveness and efficiency of pre-disaster debris management plans. Waste Management, 62, 262-273. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2017.02.004