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Naim Kapucu

Naim Kapucu

, Ph.D., MPM
Professor, School of Public Administration Director
Public Administration, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management
Employed Since: August 2003

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  • PMRA
  • AOM
  • APSA

    • Biography
    • Research
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    Dr. Naim Kapucu is Professor and Director of  the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is, also, the founding director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM) at UCF (2008-2011).  In addition, he has developed Emergency Management and Homeland Security graduate certificate and undergraduate minor programs at UCF and served as the Director for the Public Service and Leadership Program at the School of Public Administration from 2007 until 2009.

    Dr. Kapucu has published widely in areas of public policy and administration, network governance, crisis leadership, nonprofit management and disaster management. His work has been published in Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, Journal of Public Administration Theory and Research, the American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, and Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy, and Management. He is currently the Editor of the Public Policy and Management Field of the European Journal of Economics and Political Sciences. He is the founding Associate Editor of the International Journal of Complex Governance Networks. Furthermore, he is an editorial board member of the prestigious Public Administration Review. Currently, Dr. Kapucu was the Book Review Editor of the American Review of Public Administration (2010-2013), along with serving as an editorial board member for 19 other journals.

    Dr. Kapucu's main research interests are emergency and crisis management, network leadership and governance, public-nonprofit partnerships in emergencies, complex adaptive systems, dynamic network analysis, decision-making in complex environments, organizational learning and design, and collaborative public management. He is the author and editor of many books including: TheNetwork Governance in Response to Acts of Terrorism: Comparative Analyses (Routledge, 2012), Governance Reforms: Comparative Perspectives (USAK 2010), Managing Emergencies and Crises (with Alp Ozerdem, Jones & Bartlett, 2011), Disaster Resiliency: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Hawkins, and Rivera, Routledge, 2012), and Disaster and Development (with Liou, Springer, 2015).

    Dr. Kapucu has received several awards, honors and recognitions for his professional service, research, and teaching. He is a reviewer for the program committee of the Public and Nonprofit (PNP) Division of the Academy of Management. He is the Executive Council Member and Chair Elect, for the Section on Complexity and Network Studies (SCNS), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and Chair Elect for the Section on Public Administration research (SPAR). Previously, he served as the Chair for the Section on Public Performance and Management (SPPM), ASPA, and the Chair and Executive Council Member for the Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM). Dr. Kapucu serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Contemporary Learning Series (CLS) at McGraw-Hill, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism. He received an Excellence in Professional Service award from UCF in 2011. He has led the UCF- Orange County Health Department Partnership Project. The project is hailed as a best- practice model and has significantly increased service capacity for the grassroots agencies participating in the project. He was a recipient of the Director's Award, Orange County Health Department, for the excellent service provided to enhance services to all populations in Orange County as well as the success of the federal Capacity Building Grant (2005).

    Dr. Kapucu has received many accolades and awards for his research at the university-wide level and at academic conferences. He received the Best Paper Award for his article titled "Communication in Crisis: Boundary Spanners in Multi-agency Coordination" at the 65th ASPA National Conference in 2004. He was a recipient of the William Petak Award, Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM) for the best paper on an Emergency Management topic at the 2011 ASPA Annual Conference. He also received an Outstanding Paper Award at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011 for the article entitled "Collaborative emergency management and national emergency management network" published in Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal. He also received the Academic Excellence Award, from the Central Florida Chapter of ASPA in 2009. At UCF, Dr. Kapucu has received an Excellence in Research Award in 2010 and a Research Incentive Award in 2009.  He has also been inducted into the University of Central Florida Millionaires Club for receiving more than a million dollars in external funding. He has received grants from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), US Health and Human Services Agency (HHS), and US Department of Education among others.

    He teaches network governance, leadership in public service, emergency and crisis management, and network analysis in public policy and management courses. He is a recipient of the Teaching Faculty Leadership Award for 2004-2005 academic year and Service‑Learning Faculty Recognition Award for the academic year 2006-2007 at the University of Central Florida. He, also, received the Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (university-wide competitive award) in 2009, an Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in the College of Health and Public Affairs in 2010 and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award from UCF in 2011. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh (PA), Penn State University (PA), and Robert Morris University (PA) before coming to UCF in 2003.

    Dr. Kapucu received his Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2003. Prior to that, he earned a Master of Public Policy and Management degree from Heinz College's School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1997.


  • Ph.D., Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • MPM, Master of Public Management, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Research

    Dr. Kapucu's main research interests are emergency and crisis management, network leadership and governance, decision-making in complex environments, and organizational learning and design.

    He is the author and editor of many books including: TheNetwork Governance in Response to Acts of Terrorism: Comparative Analyses (Routledge, 2012), Governance Reforms: Comparative Perspectives (USAK 2010), Managing Emergencies and Crises (with Alp Ozerdem), Jones & Bartlett, 2011; Disaster Resiliency: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Hawkins, and Rivera), Routledge, 2012; Disaster and Development (with Liou),  Springer 2014;  Disaster vulnerability, hazards and resilience: Perspectives from Florida (with Rivera), Springer, 2015; Disaster and crisis management: Public management perspectives(with  Boin) Taylor & Francis, 2016.

    he published more than 110 peer reviewed journal articles.

    Research Interests

    • collaborative governance
    • network analysis
    • emergency and crisis management
    • Decision Making in Complex Environments
    • Comparative Public Policy and Management


    • PAF 7317 : Social Inquiry and Public Policy
    • PAD 6439 : Leadership in Public Service
    • PAD 7827 : Network Governance
    • PAD 6829 : Network Analysis in Public Policy and Management
    • PAD 6062: Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration
    • PAD 6397: Managing Emergencies and Crises
    • PAF 7802 : Advanced Research Methodology for Public Affairs
    • PAD 7057 : Advanced Public Management

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