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Comparison of approaches to risk governance

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").

Coordinator

KARITA RESEARCH AB

Address

Disavaegen 26
Taeby

Sweden

Administrative Contact

Kjell ANDERSSON (Dr)

Participants (4)

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BMD RESEARCH

Sweden

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36720

  • Start date

    1 June 2006

  • End date

    31 May 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SOCIETY

  • Overall budget:

    € 356 333

  • EU contribution

    € 356 333

Coordinated by:

KARITA RESEARCH AB

Sweden