Deborah Brosnan

Deborah Brosnan brings 25 years of experience and research in environmental risk reduction and resilience. She is the president and founder of Deborah Brosnan & Associates, an international scientific consulting company that provides sustainable solutions to environmental risks and climate change. Brosnan also has a long career in academia. She is currently an adjunct professor of biology at Virginia Tech University, having held positions and fellowships at several institutions, including Stanford University; the University of California, Davis; the Smithsonian Institution; and the University of Washington. She has testified before the US Congress on the integration of science and policy and represented Governments at the UN General Assembly and represented professional entities at UN treaty meetings. She has been published in major journals and media publications and co-edited two scholarly books, most recently “The Disaster Resiliency Challenge: Transforming Theory to Action” (with Jack Harrald and James Bohland, eds). She received a PhD in Marine Ecology from Oregon State University.

2021 Is the Year to Make Peace With Our Planet

January 12, 2021

It’s time we all make peace with our planet — you and me, parents, professionals, leaders and the upcoming generation. All of us have to make 2021 the Year of Peace. Here’s why: We’re at war with our planet. Even if we declare a truce today and start to live more...

Will the Pandemic Revitalize Ideas of the Global Common Good?

January 05, 2021

Two decades into the 21st century, humanity is faced with a plethora of unprecedented global crises. After SARS-1, multiple novel avian influenza strains, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the current COVID-19 pandemic is by far the most severe and widespread public health crisis in at least a century....

Social Learning Can Help Transform Crisis Into Opportunity

November 25, 2020

Global events, such as announcements that an effective COVID-19 vaccine could be available before the year’s end or the outcome of the US election, have raised hopes that the schism between science and populist ideology may become a thing of the past. That, in our view, is somewhat naïve. Unless...

A New Social Contract Amid a Crisis

October 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

September 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...