Okmyung (Paul) Bin named Assistant Director of the Center for Natural Hazards Research

East Carolina University, Center for Natural Hazards Research is pleased to announce that Dr. Okmyung (Paul) Bin will assume the role of Assistant Director. Dr. Bin is a full professor in the Department of Economics and over his twenty-year career at ECU has developed a national reputation for his research on coastal housing markets with emphasis on hurricane and flood hazards. He has collaborated with researchers across many disciplines at ECU and at Wharton, University of Twente in the Netherlands, UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian State, Resources for the Future, and University of Malaysia Terengganu. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation, the National Commission on Energy Policy, National Wildlife Federation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the University of North Carolina Research Competitiveness Fund and East Carolina University. In 2018, Dr. Bin and his coauthors, Jamie Kruse and Craig Landry (now at University of Georgia) were awarded the 2018 Mehr Award for the best article with long term impact by the American Risk and Insurance Association for “Flood Hazards, Insurance Rates and Amenities: Evidence from the Coastal Housing Market” that appeared in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Risk and Insurance.

CNHR director Dr. Jamie Brown Kruse stated, “Dr. Bin has the reputation for high quality hazards research and the ability to collaborate globally and across disciplines to enhance the reputation of CNHR and ECU. We welcome him to this leadership role. “