School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
University of Maryland
Marccus D. Hendricks is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and the Director of the Stormwater Infrastructure Resilience and Justice (SIRJ) Lab at the University of Maryland. His primary research interests include infrastructure planning and management, social vulnerability to disaster, environmental justice, sustainable development, public health and the built environment, and participatory action research. To date, he has primarily worked to understand how social processes and development patterns create hazardous human-built environments and vulnerable infrastructure and the related risks in urban stormwater management and flooding. His research takes into account how socio-spatial dynamics, emphasizing participation and action, related to the inventory, condition, and distribution of critical infrastructures and public works, mainly water infrastructure (i.e. stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water) and green space, can modify risks of hazard exposure, resulting disaster impacts, public health outcomes, long-term recovery, and opportunities for community resilience.
Hendricks has received two early-career awards from both the National Academies of Science Gulf Research Program and The JPB Environmental Health Fellows Program at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He also participated in a congressional briefing entitled “Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Public Health and Natural Disasters” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. His research has been published in several journals including the Journal of the American Planning Association, Environmental Justice, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Risk Analysis, Landscape Journal, and Sustainable Cities and Society. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science and a Master of Public Health, both from Texas A&M University.