Wharton Risk Management and
Decision Processes Center
The Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, established in 1985, is a research center affiliated with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Engaging students and faculty throughout the University in collaborations, research projects, and other partnerships, the Center is recognized worldwide as a leader in risk-related research and policy analysis. The Risk Center also serves as a bridge between scholars at Penn and organizations and decision-makers in the public and private sectors.
Introducing our five new Research Labs!
Through these Labs, the Wharton Risk Center is continuing its core work in areas like risk communication and disaster management, expanding into new arenas, such as political risk, and also deepening our ongoing research in areas of global significance, such as climate change and terrorism.
We’re pleased to share our 2019 annual report. You will find details of our five new Research Labs and highlights of outreach and engagement activities, news items, publications and conferences, as well as a directory of staff, faculty, and research fellows associated with the Risk Center.
Over the summer, researchers across the University of Pennsylvania proposed a total of 30 solutions to climate risks. Researchers from across multiple schools, departments, and research centers at the university are represented, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of this project. A synthesis report can be found here.
For larger scale disaster events, there are several federal assistance programs that are typically activated to support recovery. Unfortunately, these programs fail to provide needed assistance to the most vulnerable people. What policy changes need to be made to support effective recovery for low income households?
In the News
The New York Times
Last fall, the Risk Center convened FEMA staff, along with insurance representatives and state officials, to talk about ways to get more Americans to buy flood insurance. But ideas presented new obstacles, whether practical, legal or political
Los Angeles Times
Op-ed by Carolyn Kousky: “Just as business-as-usual emissions are no longer tenable, neither is business-as-usual disaster policy.”
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