Dr. Marccus Hendricks has a research and practice agenda rooted in environmental justice and interests that focus on how infrastructure, environmental outcomes and neighborhood forces interact to affect people’s everyday lives and their lives during times of extreme events. He specializes in infrastructure planning and management, environmental planning and hazard mitigation. Hendricks draws upon equity planning, social vulnerability and environmental justice theory to ensure that low- income and communities of color are planned and accounted for in light of natural hazards, and investigates how the inventory, condition and distribution of public infrastructures can modify hazard exposures and resulting disaster impacts. His broader interest include disaster resiliency, public health and the built environment, smart growth, land use planning, and community engagement.
Hendricks is a founding fellow of the William Averette Anderson Fund (the first national organization working to expand inclusive hazard disaster planning for communities of color) and currently serves as a board member for the fund. He has worked on research projects related to both public health and disasters, which have been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Science Foundation. The various projects include using a community health development intervention to build community capacity; mixed-method analysis of damage outcomes and long-term recovery planning following natural and technological disaster; interdisciplinary sustainable and resilient community research in marginalized communities; assessing earthquake protective action messaging in Haiti; citizen science for infrastructure monitoring at the neighborhood level; among others. Hendricks has complementary professional experience from his time working with the Brazos Valley Texas Council of Governments as a Public Safety Planner and with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension at their Emergency Services Training Institute. He also collaborates on research with GeoHazards International, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), Texas Low Income Housing Information Services, and Texas A&M’s renowned Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center and Institute for Sustainable Communities.
PhD, Urban and Regional Science - Texas A&M University