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Comparison of approaches to risk governance

Objective

We first compare three approaches to risk governance by using a number of example areas, we explore how risk governance can be made transparent to decision makers and the general public, and we arrive at recommendations for a comprehensive risk governance strategy. We communicate this with students and risk governance advisors at a summer school and with higher-level policy makers at shorter meetings.

The project will be performed by five Work Packages:
1) Risk informed decision-making
2) Precaution and risk reduction
3) Risk deliberation
4) Summer school
5) Dialogue with end users.

The first three represent three approaches to risk governance. Risk informed decision-making is more based on quantitative assessments than the other two. The precaution and risk reduction approaches involve both qualitative (value 'laden and ethical') principles and more traditional risk assessment.

The deliberative approach means that more of the risk governance is given to lay people taking their concerns and values into account. We study principles of the three approaches but also practical experiences. For example, the UK GM Nation project will give us much understanding of a deliberative and participative approach. Precaution and risk reduction will be studied using mostly examples from mobile telephone risk assessment and programmes for the cleaning up and remediation of chemically contaminated sites.

The risk informed decision-making approach will be studied using experiences from the energy production area. WP 4 is a summer school planned for 2007. We will feed the summer school with new substance and material for case studies. We shall then in WP 5 produce a guidance document for risk governance with policy advisers as the main target group. We will then arrange meetings in participating countries to meet with for example offices of science and technology assessment, to discuss our findings. We also initiate a standardisation process with CEN (the "European ISO").

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-SCIENCE-AND-SOCIETY-14
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

KARITA RESEARCH AB
Address
Disavaegen 26
Taeby
Sweden

Participants (4)

BMD RESEARCH
Sweden
Address
Box 1738
Nälden
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Bailrigg
Lancaster
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels