Organization: University College London
- Pablo Suarez, University College London
Despite remarkable progress in our ability to model natural hazards, we continue to see too much inaction, or wrong actions, in the field of disaster risk management – from individual reaction to forecasts to urban planning to global policy. In this intensely interactive session, we experienced the predictable manifestations of questionable behavior that shape the disconnections between what is known and what is done about risks. Drawing from decision science, behavioral economics, brain imaging and other fields, we engaged in a participatory process aimed at revealing the allegedly irrational choices made by those who manage risks, and explored ways to use knowledge about predictable behavior in order to improve design and implementation of humanitarian and development work.
By Pablo Suarez, University College London