Society For Risk Analysis Annual Meeting 2017

Session Schedule & Abstracts


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T3-B
Roundtable: Scientific and Public Understanding of Risk: The Role of Social Sciences

Room: Salon B   1:30 pm–3:00 pm

Chair(s): Andreas Klinke   aklinke@grenfell.mun.ca

Sponsored by Foundational Issues in Risk Analysis Specialty Group

Over the last two decades, the prevailing techno-scientific culture in risk analysis, assuming that natural-scientific and technical experts are capable of determining mathematically the probability of occurrence, a measure of potential damages and an estimate of the consequences of risks of all sorts, has changed towards a better integration of social sciences in risk research. A forthcoming special issue of Risk Analysis that will be published in 2018 is investigating the role of particular areas of social sciences on risk research – such as perception, communication, trust, social amplification, media, organizational structures, governance, and so on – by reconstructing and critically reflecting the genealogy as well as the present and future development in particular areas of social science inquiry from their point of view. The social science perspective has transformed the thinking about risk and uncertainty; it has illuminated the explanatory power and infused interdisciplinary risk research and real world risk management. Far from being merely a social science accommodation to traditional risk analysis, the social science theories, concepts, analytical approaches and methods create something new and innovative by crossing boundaries and providing a surplus for the scientific and public understanding of risk. The Round Table will give authors of contributions in the special issue the opportunity to distill key developments of social science inquiry in risk research and discuss with the audience the following questions: How do social sciences contribute to the foundations of risk analysis? How do social sciences contribute to a better scientific and public understanding of risk? Is there an increasing tendency towards more interdisciplinary inquiry that goes beyond multidisciplinarity? Where are still shortcomings in terms of an integration of natural, technological and social sciences in risk research?

Confirmed panelists: Sharon Friedman, Robert Goble, Roger Kasperson, Kenneth Arne Pettersen, Terje Aven, Micheal Siegrist, Jeannette Sutton





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