Junko Mochizuki is a natural disaster risk expert at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. Her research focuses on the linkages between risk management, economic growth, and changing risks from climate extremes in connection with socioeconomic change.  Her particular interest lies in the interface between policy and scientific knowledge, investigating how governments and researchers can work together to redcuce the financial risk of disasters. In addition to producing peer-reviewed research, Mochizuki works directly with policymakers in developing countries to help them better analyze and understand disaster risk reduction investment.  Mochizuki has a PhD from the University of Hawaii in natural resources and environmental management, a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and an MSc from the University of Tokyo. She has blogged about her research at

She has done interviews, for example for national media in Mauritus called Lexpress on disaster risk management. She has also done some consulting work for international organizations such as UNISDR, World Bank and RedCross Red Crescent Climate Center, and Asia Disaster Preparedness Center on the topics of disaster and climate risk management.



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