About the Wharton Risk Center

The Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center undertakes cutting-edge research on a range of risk-related topics, promotes multi-disciplinary investigations to analyze societal challenges, and engages in cross-sector collaborations to develop innovative policy solutions to improve resilience across sectors and scales.

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.

The Center’s work is currently centered around five thematic areas: (1) disaster risk management, (2) business, climate, and the environment, (3) risk communication & decision-making, (4) behavioral science & technology, and (5) political risk. Visit our lab pages for more information on current projects and contributing scholars. The Center is also pioneering new policy ideas for improving risk and resilience across sectors and scales through our Policy Incubator.


Meet the Team


  • Howard Kunreuther
    James G. Dinan Emeritus Professor of Decision Sciences & Public Policy
    Co-Director, Wharton Risk Center email
  • Robert Meyer
    Frederick H. Ecker/MetLife Insurance Professor of Marketing
    Co-Director, Wharton Risk Center email
  • Carolyn Kousky
    Executive Director email


  • Ebony Adams
    Budget Administrator / Grants Manager email
  • Dana Allison
    Financial Coordinator email
  • Carol Heller
    Event Manager email
  • Zoë Linder-Baptie
    Resilience Projects Manager email
  • Erin St. Peter
    Research Analyst, Real Estate Department email
  • Ben Thomas
    Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow
  • Helen J.P. Wiley
    Policy Analyst and Project Manager email


Risk Center research featured in the news and op-eds by our scholars.

Contact Us

St. Leonard’s Court, Suite 130
3819 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
PHONE: 215-898-5688
FAX: 215-573-2130

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