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This subject will provide students with the skills needed to examine, analyse, and report on risk management and public participation. The subject addresses the primary challenge of risk management, which involves determining what stakeholders want, analysing how they interpret risks, and understanding how their knowledge(s) shapes their behaviour. Added to this very complex topic is the question of how government can attempt to reshape that behaviour.
The subject will be available to social and physical scientists whose interests and/or research involve risk, vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience. It will be particularly appealing to students interested in how research can inform governance.
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Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will:
- understand and be able to compare a range of risk theories;
- be able to apply numerous methods designed to elicit and assess perceptions relating to risk;
- be familiar with different risk framings, included the debate over expert-lay knowledge;
- be able to synthesise risk perception data;
- be aware of the complicated process of risk communication and management (i.e. government-stakeholder interactions);
- understand approaches to risk management or to public resistance to risk management.
Students will develop skills relating to:
- qualitative research methods and analysis, particularly those associated with public participation;
- critical thinking, having to engage with complex socio-ecological problems;
- writing and presentation skills, including academic and government-oriented policy writing;
- risk and environmental governance, including the expert-lay, public-government relationships.
Last updated: 2 December 2019