Andreas Rechkemmer

Dr. Andreas Rechkemmer is a senior professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Public Policy (CPP) in Doha, Qatar. Prior to joining HBKU, he was a tenured full professor and held the American Humane Endowed Chair at the University of Denver. Rechkemmer has held senior positions with the United Nations, including that of executive director of the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change at the United Nations University. He also served as chief science and policy adviser of the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His previous academic appointments and affiliations include the University of Cologne, Free University of Berlin, Beijing Normal University, Colorado State University and the United Nations University. Dr. Rechkemmer has authored, co-authored and edited several books as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is one of the editors of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Complex Disaster Risks and Resilience and the editor of the book “UNEO: Towards an International Environment Organization.” He is the chief editor of the new book series, “Sustainable Development in the 21st Century.”

A New Social Contract Amid a Crisis

Oct 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic coincides with a worldwide movement toward more authoritarianism and fewer civil liberties — a movement that has been going on for some time, well before the outbreak. Populism, conspiracy theories, disinformation campaigns, right-wing political extremism and the rise of autocratic governments are not a new phenomenon. However,...

Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sep 18, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the unpreparedness and inability of many countries to effectively manage complex risks and ensure community resilience. An important dimension of this dangerous flaw is the sharp divide between those who rely on science to shape policies and actions, and those who undermine or dispel...