Society For Risk Analysis Annual Meeting 2017

Session Schedule & Abstracts

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Roundtable: Foundations of Safety Science - Perspectives Across Risk, Safety and Resilience

Room: Salon B   1:30 pm–3:00 pm

Chair(s): Kenneth Pettersen Gould

Sponsored by Foundational Issues in Risk Analysis Specialty Group

Safety as a particular science can be claimed to have emerged to match social ambitions for increased safety and security -- developing, experimenting and testing practical methods, tools and models with the aim of understanding and managing unwanted actions or events. Although established as a particular domain of knowledge, the status of safety science is in many ways contested. This can be at least partly due to its hybrid character, being constituted by a mix of researchers coming from different scientific traditions, and to its relatively young age as a scientific community. Moreover, safety science has been questioned over the last two decades in different ways and from different perspectives, for being, for example, incoherent in its approach to risk, showing a disregard of safety as a social construct, emphasising accident causes rather than resilience and in controversies over the role of culture in contributing to human action. In addition to their application to safety science in particular, such questions are also related to fundamental issues within disciplines and the philosophy of science, such as the possibility for modelling social systems, the workings of the human mind, and the objective existence of the phenomenon of culture. As for risk analysis, in spite of the seeming maturity of its practices the methodology as a whole still struggles with establishing a solid scientific foundation.

The aim of the symposium is to continue previous discussions held at the SRA-E and WOS conferences in Europe, bringing in additional perspectives from North America and beyond. Can the growing initiative within SRA on the foundations of risk be combined with foundational issues of safety science? How can we move forward with a dialogue to establish and strengthen the links between the two? The symposium addresses fundamental concepts, principles, goals, and methods for these fields. Work on foundational issues contributes to the development, of ways to conceptualize, assess, describe, manage, govern, and communicate risks and safety.

Nick Pidgeon, Cardiff University
Paul Schulman, Mills College
Kathleen Sutcliffe, Johns Hopkins Business School
David Woods, Ohio State University

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