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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Affiliated PhD Student

Samuel Geldin

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PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

About

Sam Geldin is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning with interests in climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and urban governance in the Global South. He is particularly passionate about enhancing subnational climate action efforts through policy, planning, and comparative urban studies. Sam previously supported two transnational climate action networks, policy formulation in the California Governor’s Office of Planning, and a research initiative facilitated by the UNFCCC Secretariat. He holds an MSc in Environmental Science from Yale, where his master’s thesis investigated the diffusion of adaptation practices through city networks in Indonesia. He also holds a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Geography from UCLA.

 

Fellow

Carolyn Kousky

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Areas of Interest

    About

    Dr. Carolyn Kousky is Director for Policy Research and Engagement at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania.   Dr. Kousky’s research has examined multiple aspects of disaster insurance markets, the National Flood Insurance Program, federal disaster aid and response, and policy responses to potential changes in extreme events with climate change. She has published numerous articles, reports, and book chapters on the economics and policy of natural disasters and disaster insurance markets, and is routinely cited in media outlets including NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, CBS News, and Business Insurance, among others. She is the recipient of the 2013 Tartufari International Prize from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Dr. Kousky was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program and is a visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future.  She has a BS in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.

    Selected Publications

    Kousky, C. (forthcoming). “Financing Flood Losses: A Discussion of the National Flood Insurance Program” Risk Management and Insurance Review.

    Kousky, Carolyn (2017).  “Revised Risk Assessments and the Insurance Industry.” In: Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents and Financial Crises.  Cambridge University Press: 55-81.

    Kousky, C., P. Raschky, and E. Michel-Kerjan (2018). “Does Federal Disaster Assistance Crowd Out Flood Insurance?” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 87: 150-164.

    Kousky, C., and  Shabman, L. (2017).  “Federal Funding for Flood Risk Reduction in the US: Pre-or Post-Disaster?”  Water Economics and Policy, 3(01), 1771001.

    Kousky, C., B. Lingle, and L. Shabman (2017). “The Pricing of Flood Insurance.” Journal of Extreme Events. 04, 1750001

    Faculty Fellow

    Howard Kunreuther

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    James G. Dinan Professor, Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Professor of Decision Sciences and Business Economics and Public Policy, Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

    School/Department

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Howard C. Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor; Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. He has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards. Professor Kunreuther is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis He served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on “Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies” in the 2014 IPCC report, and currently serves on the NAS/NRC Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events. His recent books include At War with the Weather (with Erwann Michel-Kerjan) (MIT Press), winner of the Kulp-Wright Book Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association in 2011; Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry (with Mark Pauly and Stacey McMorrow) (Cambridge University Press); and Leadership Dispatches: Chile’s Extraordinary Comeback from Disaster (with Michael Useem and Erwann Michel-Kerjan) (Stanford University Press). Professor Kunreuther received the 2015 Shin Research Excellence Award from the Geneva Association and the International Insurance Society (IIS) in recognition of his outstanding work on the role of public-private partnerships in mitigating and managing risks, as summarized in his paper “The Role of Insurance in Reducing Losses from Extreme Events: The Need for Public–Private Partnerships” (Geneva Papers 2015, 40: 714-762).

      Selected Publications

      Kunreuther, Howard, and Erwann Michel-Kerjan, and Michael Useem, “Rethinking Catastrophic Risk: How Corporate America Copes with Disruption.” Oxford University Press, 2016


      Kunreuther, Howard and Luis Ballesteros, “Deciding in the Context of Low-Probability Shocks: Biases, Heuristics, and Uncertainty”. (2016)


      Ballesteros, Luis and Howard Kunreuther. “Organizational Learning from Catastrophes”. In Rethinking Catastrophic Risk: How Corporate America Copes with Disruption, edited by Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Michael Useem, Oxford University Press, 2016


      Kunreuther, Howard. “How Corporate America deal with Disasters.” Oxford University Press, 2016

       

      Useem, Michael and Howard Kunreuther, “Leadership Dispatches: Chile's Extraordinary Comeback from Disaster.” 2015

      Faculty Fellow

      Simon Richter

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      Professor of German and Dutch Literature and Culture, Department of Romance Languages, School of Arts and Sciences

      About

      Simon Richter is Professor of German and Dutch literature and culture in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Director of Penn in Berlin and Rotterdam. Simon is broadly interested in the cultural history of water management and responses to flooding and sea level rise. His current research is focused on the cultural translation of sustainability, cultural dimensions of the Energy Transition in Germany, and intercultural aspects of the Dutch “international water ambition” in the United States and Indonesia.

       

      Selected Publications

      “Goethe’s Faust and the Ecolinguistics of ‘Here,’” in German Ecocriticism, ed. Caroline Schaumann and Heather Sullivan (NY: Palgrave, 2017).

      “Betting on Water: The Hydrological Moment in Goethe’s Faust,” in Design in the Terrain of Water, ed. Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha (San Francisco: APD / ORO Editions, 2014).

       

      Affiliated PhD Student

      Patricio Zambrano Barragan

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      Doctoral Student, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

      About

      Patricio Zambrano-Barragán is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on spatial planning and urban infrastructure development, with a special interest in Latin America. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, he has worked as Urban Development Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank; as a Senior Policy Analyst with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development; as an Advisor at the Mayor’s Office in Quito (his native hometown); and as a management consultant. Patricio has held research positions with a focus on climate-ready infrastructure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from MIT and a B.A. in political science from Yale University.

       

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