Jocelyn West is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at University of Colorado Boulder as well as a graduate research assistant at the Natural Hazards Center. Her research interests include social vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change and community engagement in disaster risk reduction. Her professional experience spans international development and geological science, with a focus on disaster risk and recovery. Jocelyn has previously worked to improve risk communication with the World Bank, conducted earthquake research in Nepal, and participated in disaster response in Texas and Puerto Rico. She has also worked internationally in Singapore, Indonesia, Dominica, and Peru. Jocelyn holds a degree in Geological Science and Education Policy from Brown University.