Risk Conundrums

Risk Conundrums : Solving Unsolvable Problems

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A risk conundrum can be viewed as a risk that poses major issues in assessment, and whose management is not easily engaged. Such perplexing problems can either paralyze or badly delay risk analysis and directions for progression. Rather than simply focusing on the progress in risk analysis that has already been made, it is crucial to consider what has been learnt about these seemingly unmanageable problems and how best to move forward.

Risk Conundrums seeks to answer this question by bringing together a range of key thinkers in the field to explore key issues such as risk communication, uncertainty, social trust, indicators and metrics, and risk management, drawing upon case study examples including natural disasters, terrorism, and energy transitions. The initial chapters address risk conundrums, their properties, and the challenges they pose. The book then turns to a greater emphasis on systemic and regional risk conundrums. Finally, it considers how risk management can be changed to address these unsolvable conundrums. Alternative pathways are defined and scrutinized and predictions for future developments set out.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of risk governance, environmental policy, and sustainable development.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 17.78mm | 431g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 21 Line drawings, black and white; 7 Tables, black and white; 28 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138956074
  • 9781138956070
  • 2,405,890

Table of contents

Preface Susanne Moser

Introduction Roger Kasperson and Susanne Moser

How Can We Be Sure That We Are Working on the Right Risks? Roger Kasperson, B. Ram, and S. Ratick

Whose Views Really Matter in the End? Roger Kasperson, Paul Slovic, Nick Pidgeon, and Ortwin Renn

How Do We Move Forward When There Is No Trust? Seth Tuler, Roger Kasperson, Dominic Golding, and Timothy Downs

How Can We Best Deal with the Unexpected? Robert Goble, Roger Kasperson, and Samuel Ratick

How Can We Learn More from Learning about Risk Controversies? S. Tuler, K. Dow and, T. Webler

The Role of Insurance and Other Policy Tools in Reducing the Economic Effects of Global Disasters Howard Kunreuther

How Can We Improve Decision Making in the Face of Catastrophic Risk? Howard Kunreuther, Paul Slovic, and Kimberly Giusti Olson

Risk Communication and Social Media Jeannette Sutton and Shari Veil

China's Development and Environmental Risk Management: A Balanced Perspective for the Future J. Bi, G. Greene, Z. Ma, J. Wiener, F. Yu, O. Renn, S. Zhang, H. Vennemo, J. Zhang, S. Andrews, P. Wang, H. Cheng, C. Bao, W. Zeng, Q. Guo, Y. Qian, C. Qu, W. Zhang, G. Cao, M. Liu, K. Chen, G. Han, K. Wang, J. Wang, and J. Qu

Addressing Risk Conundrums in Megacity Development: Mexico City Timothy J. Downs and Marisa Mazari-Hiriart

Ambiguity in an Ambiguous Region Jeremy Tasch and Weiwei Tasch

Risk Conundrums of the Renewable Energy Transition: Can We Balance Opportunities, Optimism, and Challenges? Bonnie Ram and Jennie Stephens

Hydraulic Fracturing - A Risk for Environment, Energy Security and Affordability? Nick Pidgeon, Merryn Thomas, Tristan Partridge, Darrick Evensen, and Barbara Harthorn

Out of Harm's Way: Challenges in Reducing Current and Future Coastal Risk Exposure Susanne C. Moser, Kirstin Dow, and Seth Tuler

Addressing Risk Conundrums in Sustainable Development Timothy J. Downs, Edward R. Carr and Robert Goble

Vulnerability does not just fall from the Sky: Addressing the Vulnerability Conundrum Jesse Ribot

Risk Governance: Concept and Application to Systemic Risk Ortwin Renn

How Can We Prevent the Collapse of Humanitarian Values in Foreign Policy Decisions? Paul Slovic, Robin Gregory, Daniel Vastfjall, and David Frank
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About Roger E. Kasperson

Roger E. Kasperson is Research Professor and Distinguished Scientist at the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University, USA.
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