Ann Bostrom

Weyerhaeuser Endowed Professor in Environmental Policy

Ann Bostrom joined the Evans School faculty in 2007. Her research focuses on risk perception, communication, and management; and environmental policy and decision making. She served on the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) from 1992-2007, where she served as Associate Dean for Research at the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and Professor in the School of Public Policy. Bostrom co-directed the Decision Risk and Management Science Program at the National Science Foundation from 1999-2001.  While in this position she organized, participated in, and made presentations at national and international meetings on research and science policy, including but not limited to, the Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction and the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program.

She has authored or contributed to numerous publications, including Risk Communication: A Mental Models Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Risk Assessment, Modeling and Decision Support: Strategic Directions (Berlin: Springer, 2008), and National Research Council, Institute of Medicine, U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board, and U.S. EPA Board of Scientific Counselors reports. She also serves on the editorial board for Risk Analysis and Environmental Hazards, as Associate Editor for the journal Journal of Risk Research, and reviews for numerous technical journals.  Bostrom has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health, among other sources.

Bostrom is the recipient of several fellowships, including the American Statistical Association/National Science Foundation/Bureau of Labor Statistics Research Associateship (1991-92), Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship and Lois Roth Endowment Fund grant for studies at the University of Stockholm (1989-90), and Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon (1988-89). She is also the recipient of the 1997 Chauncey Starr award for a young risk analyst from the Society for Risk Analysis for her work on mental models of hazardous processes. Bostrom is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and the Society for Risk Analysis. She is past president of the Society for Risk Analysis, past Chair of the AAAS Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences (Section K), and is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the Society for Judgment and Decision-Making, and the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

Bostrom currently serves on Advisory Committees for the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences and for Environmental Research and Education at the National Science Foundation, on the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Committee, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board Environmental Information Services Working Group, the Advisory Committee for the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Lab, and co-chaired (with Bill Hooke) the National Academes of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application within the Weather Enterprise.

At the University of Washington, Bostrom serves as the current Faculty Coordinator for the Evans School Ph.D. Program in Public Policy & Management, on the executive committee for EarthLab and as co-lead on its Hazards and Resilience Theme (with David Schmidt), on the steering committee for the M9 research project, as Primary Research Area Chair for Environments and Populations in the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, and on the Governing Board of the Program on Climate Change.

Bostrom holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.B.A. from Western Washington University, a B.A. in English from the University of Washington, and completed postdoctoral studies in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and in cognitive aspects of survey methodology at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Bergen DICE Lab, and is affiliated with the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Risk interpretation and action: A conceptual framework for responses to natural hazards. Eiser, J. Richard, Ann Bostrom, Ian Burton, David M. Johnston, John McClure, Douglas Paton, Joop van der Pligt, Mathew P. White. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Review Article.  Volume 1, October 2012, Pages 5–16.

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