Deputy Director of Research and Operations

Scott Janzwood is the Deputy Director of Research and Operations 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’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 co-taught an introductory undergraduate course on complex systems and is an Affiliated Researcher with the Ideological Conflict Project. Previously, Scott was a Visiting Researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at the University of Oxford.

Recent Research