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Scott Janzwood’s research examines the ways that scientists and policymakers collaborate to address global catastrophic risks (GCRs) such as infectious disease outbreaks and extreme climate events. His research explores the intervening role of deep uncertainty and the approaches used by experts and decision makers to manage it. His dissertation focuses on the issue of research prioritization and agenda-setting in infectious disease, climate, and planetary defense governance. He has also contributed to projects on institutional design for GCR governance and improving foresight in the public sector.

Scott’s approach to understanding the interactions between science and policy is grounded in complex systems theory and has been shaped by his work with the Complexity Working Group (CWG) at the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI). He has also designed and co-taught an introductory undergraduate course on complex systems and is an Affiliated Researcher with the Ideological Conflict Project. 

Previously, Scott was a Visiting Researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at the University of Oxford and received an MA in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where his research investigated the management of risk and uncertainty by econometric climate change models.

Academic/Professional Awards

  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
  • President’s Graduate Scholarship
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship
  • CIGI Junior Fellowship


  • Janzwood, S. and A. Sandberg. 2018. “A decennial review of the global catastrophic risk research programme.” Submitted.
  • Janzwood, S. 2018. “What constitutes catastrophe? Thickening the thin concept of global catastrophic risk.” Paper presentation, Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance, Utrecht, November 2018.
  • Janzwood, S. 2018. “(Re)conceptualizing uncertainty in model-based decision support for global health emergencies.” Paper Presentation, 59th Annual ISA Convention, San Francisco, April 2018.
  • Janzwood, S. 2017. “Uncertainty in epidemiological models of the Ebola epidemic.” Paper presentation, DMDU Annual Meeting, Oxford, November 2017.
  • Janz, S. and E. Schneider. 2014. “War of the Words”. Slate. December 9, 2014.
  • Janz, S. and T. Maurer. 2014. “The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Cyber and Information Warfare in a Regional Context”. The International Relations and Security Network. October 17, 2014.
  • MA in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs (UW), 2015
  • BA in Political Science, University of Western Ontario, 2012

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