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Linking environmental risk assessment and communication: An experiment in co-evolving scientific and social knowledge

International Journal of Global Environmental Issues

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DOI: 10.1504/IJGENVI.2008.017264

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Abstract

Dissemination of information to decision-makers and enhanced methods of public participation are often put forward as antidotes to a perceived disconnect between risk assessment and risk communication in the public domain. However, mechanisms that support both the provision of routine, timely and relevant technical knowledge to the public and meaningful opportunities for public participation in the evaluation and management of risk are few. We argue for the need to re-conceptualise the institutional context in which risk research and communication occur as one in which scientific knowledge and public understanding are co-evolutionary instead of independent or sequential. Here, we report on an experiment to promote coevolution of environmental risk assessment and risk communication through the instrumental use of a web-based platform that dynamically links expert and public discourses through common information sources, linked scenario evaluations, and opportunities for iterative dialogue. On the basis of technical feasibility, research value and public communication capacity, we conclude that there is potential for further refinement of the methodologies presented here. Copyright ?? 2008 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Linking environmental risk assessment and communication: An experiment in co-evolving scientific and social knowledge
Series title:
International Journal of Global Environmental Issues
DOI:
10.1504/IJGENVI.2008.017264
Volume
8
Issue:
1-2
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
International Journal of Global Environmental Issues
First page:
132
Last page:
146
Number of Pages:
15