Title: A Reflexive Approach to Dealing with Uncertainties in Environmental Health Risk Science and Policy
Citation: International Journal Risk Assessment and Management vol. 5 no. 2/3/4 p. 216-236
Publisher: Inderscience
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC31448
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC31448
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Based on insights obtained through an analysis of an environmental health risk controversy, we developed a reflexive approach to uncertainty assessment, explicitly acknowledging the complexity of the knowledge production process. The approach aims at interactively exploring uncertainty in relation to different scientific framings, societal perspectives and policy options. The structure of the discussion scheme used for the exploration is based on the concept of pedigree of knowledge. The discussion protocol is designed to guarantee conditions for a reasoned debate. A workshop has been organized, during which the approach has been deployed to assess scientific studies, that had been produced in the context of a socio-political debate on possible health effects from waste incineration. The results obtained show the approach has potential to trigger a profound social debate and a negotiated management of risk. Pro-active use of the approach could enhance the quality and robustness of the knowledge input in policy making.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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