Is it working, and for whom? Evaluation of DMDU engagements

by Katharine J. Mach Support for decision-making on issues with large stakes, uncertainties, and differences of priorities has increasingly emphasized engagement: ongoing interactions between analysts and stakeholders. The tools supporting these engagements often incorporate advances in decision-making under deep uncertainty. Through such processes, questions are refined, goals are redefined, and…

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Learning from DMDU and Complexity

By Robert Lempert Those seeking to make decisions or to exercise leadership in the world confront uncertainty because the future is not simply an extension of the past. The concept of deep uncertainty refers to situations “when parties to a decision do not know, or cannot agree on, the system…

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Four tenure-track positions at the Josef Korbel School – University of Denver

The Josef Korbel School at the University of Denver is searching for four tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level, one in public policy focused on inequality (broadly construed), and three in international studies open to a variety of subfields, including security (broadly construed), development and its alternatives, sustainability, and methods. We are eager for innovative…

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DMDU Society 2020 Elections

This November the DMDU Society will elect a new leadership team. We encourage you to participate by voting and by running for office. The leadership team is elected for a two-year term beginning in January 2021. This will be an exciting election, because four members of your leadership team have…

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Putting adaptive planning into practice: A meta-analysis of current applications (2020)

Shirin Malekpour, Jens Newig. Putting adaptive planning into practice: A meta-analysis of current applications (2020). Cities Volume 106, November 2020, 102866 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102866 Abstract Adaptive planning, as opposed to the conventional ‘predict-and-act’ approach, has emerged as a paradigm to increase the resilience of our built environment and infrastructure systems. However, we…

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Assistant Professor in Digitalized sustainable energy

The Department of Technology, Policy and Society (TPS) at the University of Twente (UT) invites applications for 5 Assistant Professor positions, all at the crossroads of social sciences and digitalization. Notably, there is a position of Assistant Professor in “Digitalized sustainable energy” focusing on the governance of decentralized multi-actor energy…

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Postdoctoral Scholar Risk- and Decision Analysis to Inform Flood-Risk Management at The Pennsylvania State University

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position focusing on the analysis of flood risks and strategies to manage these risks. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary research team supported by funding from sponsors such as The Department…

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Using more realistic scenarios and assigning probabilities is not a robust basis for a climate risk assessment (Nature correspondence)

Recently, our DMDU members Judy Lawrence, Rob Lempert, and Marjolijn Haasnoot wrote a correspondence to Nature. Here we publish an extended version of this correspondence: Nature Correspondence From: Judy Lawrence[1], Marjolijn Haasnoot[2], Robert Lempert[3] The Nature Comment 29 January 2020 by Hausfather and Peters1 argues that the RCP8.5 emissions scenario…

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