Seth Baum's Home Page

My interests and activities are broad, but all revolve around the theme of making the world (universe(s)?) a better place. I conduct research that combines science, engineering, and ethics to assess what, given present circumstances and particular ethical frameworks, might be the best thing(s) for us to be doing. I also help organize academic and professional communities to advance work on these topics.

I am Co-Founder (with Tony Barrett) and Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a Research Scientst at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Co-Founder and Co-Lead of the Osomocene Productions video production company, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. I recently completed a PhD in Pennsylvania State University's Geography Department and a post-doctoral fellowship with Penn State Geography and Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.

CV: click here (pdf)

Contact info: seth [at]

Networking: Facebook * LinkedIn * Twitter * Google Scholar * Society for Risk Analysis
At present I am particularly interested in networking with people who are or would like to be working on any aspect of global catastrophic risk.

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Announcement: Call for Papers: Confronting Future Catastrophic Threats To Humanity, to be a special issue of the journal Futures, co-editors Seth Baum and Bruce Tonn, submission deadline 1 September 2014.

2 Aug 2014: A new paper has been accepted for publication. Integrating the planetary boundaries and global catastrophic risk paradigms, co-authored with Itsuki Handoh, will appear in Ecological Economics. Handoh and I came up with the idea for the paper when I visited him at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto in 2012. It has been a great collaboration and I am excited to see the paper coming out.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
6-9 December 2014, Vienna. Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Civil Society and Government conferences. I'm not yet sure if I'll attend but there's a good chance of it.
7-10 December 2014, Denver. Society for Risk Analysis 2014 Annual Meeting. If I'm not in Vienna then I'll probably be here.
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Created 15 Jun 2007 * Updated 20 Aug 2014