Robust Decision Making

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Robust decision making (RDM) is an analytic framework that helps identify potential robust strategies, characterize the vulnerabilities of such strategies, and evaluate trade-offs among them. RDM is being used at RAND to help decisionmakers in areas such as water resources planning, energy, and coastal resilience—areas often plagued with “deep uncertainty,” in which stakeholders do not know or agree on the relationships among actions, consequences, and probabilities.

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    Climate Research at RAND

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    RAND researchers have a long history of shedding light on the social and economic implications of a changing climate, its impacts on the natural environment, and the challenges it poses to communities, regions, and our national security.

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    Nidhi Kalra

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    Weilong Kong

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A., University of Southern California; B.Ec. in finance, Renmin University of China

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    Jonathan Lamb

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Phil in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.Sc. in visualization, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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    Robert J. Lempert

    Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition; Principal Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in applied physics, S.M. in applied physics and science policy, Harvard University; B.A.S. in physics and political science, Stanford University

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    Pedro Nascimento de Lima

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in production engineering, UNISINOS - Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil; B.S. in production engineering, UNISINOS - Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil

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    Alejandra Lopez

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education M.S. in mathematics, Purdue University; B.S. in mathematics, Arizona State University

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    Yuji Mizushima

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education M.A. in economics, Waseda University; B.A. in political science and economics, Waseda University

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    Joel B. Predd

    Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center; Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Princeton University; B.S. in electrical engineering, Purdue University

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    Michael W. Robbins

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    Kyle Siler-Evans

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    Danielle C. Tarraf

    Senior Information Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (control theory), MIT; S.M. in mechanical engineering, MIT; B.E. in mechanical engineering, American University of Beirut

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    Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel

    Associate Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in health services research & policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; M.P.H., University of Utah; M.H.A., University of Utah; B.A. in human biology, Stanford University