Dr. Scott Janzwood is the Research Director at the Cascade Institute. He leads the development and management of the Cascade Institute's research projects. Scott's own research focuses on how scientists and policymakers collaborate to address global catastrophic risks such as climate change, pandemics, and other emerging threats. He also studies strategies and tools that we can use to make better decisions under deep uncertainty.
His doctoral research focused on the issues of R&D prioritization and uncertainty communication in climate change and planetary defense governance. He has also contributed to projects on improving foresight programs in the public sector. Scott has a PhD in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo.
Scott’s approach to understanding the interactions between science and policy is grounded in complex systems theory and has been shaped by his work with the Complexity Working Group (CWG) at the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI). He has also designed and taught an introductory undergraduate course on complex systems. Previously, Scott was a Visiting Researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at the University of Oxford.
Confidence deficits and reducibility: Toward a coherent conceptualization of uncertainty level Risk Analysis, August 2022
R&D priority-setting for global catastrophic risks: The case of the NASA planetary defense mission Research Policy 50(6), July 2021
Confident, likely, or both? The implementation of the uncertainty language framework in IPCC special reports Climatic Change 162, May 23, 2020