The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) has awarded Elke U. Weber with the Distinguished Achievement Award, the society’s highest honor. This award is presented to an individual for extraordinary achievement in science or public policy relating to risk analysis.
Weber is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. She is an expert on behavioral modes of decision-making under scenarios involving risk and uncertainty, especially those related to finance and the environment.
“Dr. Weber was honored for her enormously insightful contributions to understanding how people perceive risks and make decisions,” said Jonathan Wiener, a member of the society’s awards committee. “Past winners of this award have included Howard Raiffa, Paul Slovic and Kenneth Arrow.”
The Society for Risk Analysis is a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, scholarly, international society that provides an open forum for all those who are interested in risk analysis. Risk analysis is broadly defined to include risk assessment, risk characterization, risk communication, risk management and policy relating to risk, in the context of risks of concern to individuals, to public and private sector organizations and to society at a local, regional, national or global level.