Amy K Wolfe
Society, Energy, and Environment Group Leader
Amy’s work emphasizes social, institutional, and behavioral aspects of a wide array of society-technology interactions. She has studied many facets of these types of interactions for varied technologies and issues over the course of her over 30-year career at ORNL. Current examples include a multi-national laboratory activity focusing on behavioral and institutional change to achieve lasting energy and resilience goals; a collaborative effort to reduce operational fuel consumption among warfighters in the Marine Corps and Army through behavior change; and a social and institutional analysis biosafety policies, perspectives, and practices associated with synthetic biology R&D. Past work includes such topics as societal implications of emerging nanoscale and bio-technologies; acceptability of remediation and energy-saving technologies; decision making processes for contentious environmental and technological issues; risk perceptions, communication, management, and decision-making; and linkages between the products of science and technology R&D and their intended users. Virtually all of her work is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Wolfe has Masters in Regional Planning and doctorate in Anthropology degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.