Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Elizabeth Frankenberg’s research focuses on three thematic areas: the ways in which the health and social service environment shape the well-being of individuals, the ways that interactions among family members influence well-being, and how individuals respond to changes induced by unexpected events.
Frankenberg has exploited shocks – economic crises and natural disasters – to observe their influence on human capital and resource investments at the individual, household, and community level. Most recently, Frankenberg has examined the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on psycho-social well-being, post-traumatic stress as a function of exposure to community trauma, and the impact of the orphanhood after the tsunami on children’s short- and longer-run well-being. Research is oriented toward better understanding responses by individuals and policy makers in the aftermath of shocks.
With collaborators, Frankenberg has directed several large-scale longitudinal surveys in Indonesia, including the Indonesian Family Life Survey and the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery, funded by grants from NIA and NICHD. These surveys integrate innovative measures in satellite imaging and biomarkers with more traditional modes of survey research.
To fund a planning grant for a world food policy center awarded by Duke Endowment (Co Investigator). 2015 to 2018
The Evolution of Well-Being among Older Adults after a Disaster awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2018
Longer Term Effects of a Natural Disaster on Health and Socio-Economic Status awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2017
Social, Medical and Economic Demography of Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 1997 to 2017
Longitudinal Evidence on the Longer Term Impacts of Environmental Change on Population Health and Nutrition awarded by Wellcome Trust (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
Health and Well-Being after Large Scale Shocks awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2017
Duke Population Research Institute awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2010 to 2015
Longitudinal Study of Older Adults and their Families in Mexico awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2008 to 2014
Second and Third Waves of the Mexican Family Life Survey awarded by National Institutes of Health (Researcher). 2005 to 2012
Nobles, J, Frankenberg, E, and Thomas, D. The Effects of Mortality on Fertility: Population Dynamics After a Natural Disaster. January 1, 2015. Full Text
Frankenberg, E, Smith, JP, and Thomas, D. Economic Shocks, Wealth and Welfare. March 17, 2004.
Nobles, J, Frankenberg, E, and Thomas, D. "The effects of mortality on fertility: population dynamics after a natural disaster." Demography 52.1 (February 2015): 15-38. Full Text
Cas, AG, Frankenberg, E, Suriastini, W, and Thomas, D. "The impact of parental death on child well-being: evidence from the Indian Ocean tsunami." Demography 51.2 (April 2014): 437-457. Full Text
Gillespie, TW, Frankenberg, E, Chum, KF, and Thomas, D. "Nighttime lights time series of tsunami damage, recovery, and economic metrics in Sumatra, Indonesia." Remote sensing letters (Print) 5.3 (January 2014): 286-294. Full Text
Gray, C, Frankenberg, E, Gillespie, T, Sumantri, C, and Thomas, D. "Studying Displacement After a Disaster Using Large Scale Survey Methods: Sumatra After the 2004 Tsunami." Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Association of American Geographers 104.3 (January 2014): 594-612. Full Text
Weaver, EH, Frankenberg, E, Fried, BJ, Thomas, D, Wheeler, SB, and Paul, JE. "Effect of village midwife program on contraceptive prevalence and method choice in Indonesia." Stud Fam Plann 44.4 (December 2013): 389-409. Full Text
Frankenberg, E, Sikoki, B, Sumantri, C, Suriastini, W, and Thomas, D. "Education, Vulnerability, and Resilience after a Natural Disaster." ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY 18.2 (2013). Full Text
Thomas, D, Witoelar, F, Frankenberg, E, Sikoki, B, Strauss, J, Sumantri, C, and Suriastini, W. "Cutting the costs of attrition: Results from the Indonesia Family Life Survey." JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS 98.1 (May 2012): 108-123. Full Text