Knowledge Integration Seminar: Confronting the limits of intuition with formalismExport this event to calendar

Friday, October 4, 2013 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Vanessa Schweizer
 
This seminar will survey a number of projects that have applied and developed a formal technique for constructing and evaluating scenarios in climate change research. 

Such methods could also be used for scenarios in other contexts, as scenarios can be powerful fixtures for setting policy agendas or strategic planning.
 
'Sustainability' is a complex conceptual and social problem. It is considered 'wicked' not only because of its scope and the interdependencies of social and natural systems but also because the theory and data underpinning relevant knowledge are at different levels of maturity. Added to this is a temporal component, where sustainability requires researchers and decision makers in the present to anticipate potential outcomes and values of the future.
 
Vanessa Schweizer is an assistant professor in the Centre for Knowledge
Integration, where her research interests revolve around problems in
collective decision-making. These include processes such as articulating
aspirations and values, exercising foresight, confronting uncertainties and
risks, and negotiating tradeoffs. Before coming to Waterloo, Vanessa was a postdoctoral fellow in the US at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). While there, she helped develop the socioeconomic aspects of new scenarios for climate change research. She is a contributing author in Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She has also studied how the occupational and cultural norms of American TV weathercasters affect their climate change views. Her PhD is in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and she holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. Her BSc in Physics (with minors in Mathematics, Philosophy, and Speech Communication) is from the University of Nevada, which is located in her hometown, Reno.
Location 
EV3 - Environment 3
Room 1408
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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