Howard Kunreuther is the Cecilia Yen Koo Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and serves as 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 as it relates to technological and natural hazards and has published extensively on the topic.
Kunreuther is currently a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Board on Radioactive Waste Management, was a member of the NRC Board on Natural Disasters and chaired the H. John Heinz III Center Panel on Risk, Vulnerability and True Costs of Coastal Hazards. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and received the Society's Distinguished Achievement Award in 2001.
Kunreuther is the author with Paul Freeman of Managing Environmental Risk through Insurance (1997) and co-editor (with Richard Roth, Sr.) of Paying the Price: The Status of Role of Insurance Against Natural Disasters in the United States (1998) and co-editor (with Steve Hoch) of Wharton on Making Decisions (2001). He is a recipient of the Elizur Wright Award for the publication that makes the most significant contribution to the literature of insurance.