Researcher Profile

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Roger M. Cooke

Chauncey Starr Senior Fellow

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Roger Cooke joined Resources for the Future in September 2005 as the first appointee to the Chauncey Starr Chair in Risk Analysis. His research has widely influenced risk assessment methodology, particularly in the areas of expert judgment and uncertainty analysis. He is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on mathematical modeling of risk and uncertainty. His recent research has encompassed health risks from oil fires in Kuwait following the first Gulf War, chemical weapons disposal, nuclear risk, nitrogen oxide emissions, and microbiological risk. His current research interests include structured expert judgment methodologies and uncertainty analysis, and his work focuses on the implementation of uncertainty analysis in policy-related decisionmaking.  
 
Prior to joining RFF, Cooke was professor of applied decision theory at the Department of Mathematics at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He was on the faculty at Delft for more than 25 years and while there launched a Risk and Environmental Modeling master's program. (Selected publications by Cooke are available for download from the Delft University of Technology website.) Since 2013 Cooke holds a part-timeposition at the University of Strathclyde, where he pursues academic research and coordinates research projects with Washington and UK based groups. 
 
Cooke has served as a consultant to the Japanese government on disposal of abandoned World War II chemical weapons in China and to the Swedish Nuclear Inspectorate on reliability of piping in nuclear power plants. He also has consulted with the Dutch National Aeronautics Laboratory, the Dutch Gasunie, the Dutch Institute for Public Health and Milieu, Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the German VGB Powertech Central Databank. He recently led a project to quantify the risk impact of new merging and spacing protocols for civil aviation, and he has been named a lead author on the chapter addressing risk and uncertainty in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Education

PhD in Mathematics and Philosophy, Yale University, 1974

BA in Mathematics and Philosophy, Yale University, 1968

Recent Work

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