Howard Kunreuther

Title: Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic to Address Climate Change


Howard Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor Emeritus of Decision Sciences and Public Policy, and Co-Director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Howard has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a distinguished fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of the Shin Research Excellence Award from the Geneva Association and International Insurance Society in recognition of his outstanding work on the role of public-private partnerships in mitigating and managing risks.  Recent books include The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters (with R. Meyer. Wharton Digital Press), The Future of Risk Management (with R Meyer and E. Michel-Kerjan, University of Pennsylvania Press), and Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies Are Coping with Disruption (with M. Useem, Oxford University Press).

Research Interest

Risk communication; Decision making under uncertainty

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