Dr. Rising has expertise in Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Social Sciences, and Urban, Technological, and Environmental Planning. She investigates multi-hazard community resilience as community-initiated, self-organizing interactions between humans, disasters, and the built environment to mitigate and reduce the impacts of hazards; focusing on psychophysiological and socioenvironmental factors that contribute to consensus-based and individual decision-making to make the commons more sustainable and accessible.
She has won Best Paper Awards from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture and the Environmental Design Research Association, the EDRA Research Award, the Young Investigator Research Award from the Association of European Schools of Planning. Her engagement-based educational program was selected for Landscape Architecture Foundation's Educational Grant and the Alaska Airlines' Imagine Tomorrow Award.
Dr. Rising founded the Adaptive Water Urbanism Initiative, an integrated program of education, research, and outreach for adapting individuals and communities to the impacts of extreme weather and disruptive events. She co-leads the TAMU Space Governance and Habitability Research Group and the Space Habitat Challenge Innovation X Project, an applied multidisciplinary project. She was a Visiting Scholar at the U. of Venice, a Visiting Professor at Penn State, a Promising Scholar at the U. of Oregon, and a Barbour Scholar at the U. of Michigan where she conducted policy research on water security for the Urban Security Group and the Intelligent Transportation Systems for the Transportation Research Institute.
Hope previously provided studio-level design leadership for the HOK Planning Group in New York City and worked as a project manager and lead designer for EDAW's and AECOM's East Coast headquarters. She received over a dozen design awards, including three from the American Society of Landscape Architects and four from the American Institute of Architects.