1st Edition

Risk Conundrums Solving Unsolvable Problems

Edited By Roger E Kasperson Copyright 2017
    298 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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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.

    Preface Susanne Moser

    Introduction Roger Kasperson and Susanne Moser

    1. How Can We Be Sure That We Are Working on the Right Risks? Roger Kasperson, B. Ram, and S. Ratick
    2. Whose Views Really Matter in the End? Roger Kasperson, Paul Slovic, Nick Pidgeon, and Ortwin Renn
    3. How Do We Move Forward When There Is No Trust? Seth Tuler, Roger Kasperson, Dominic Golding, and Timothy Downs
    4. How Can We Best Deal with the Unexpected? Robert Goble, Roger Kasperson, and Samuel Ratick
    5. How Can We Learn More from Learning about Risk Controversies? S. Tuler, K. Dow and, T. Webler
    6. The Role of Insurance and Other Policy Tools in Reducing the Economic Effects of Global Disasters Howard Kunreuther
    7. How Can We Improve Decision Making in the Face of Catastrophic Risk? Howard Kunreuther, Paul Slovic, and Kimberly Giusti Olson
    8. Risk Communication and Social Media Jeannette Sutton and Shari Veil
    9. 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
    10. Addressing Risk Conundrums in Megacity Development: Mexico City Timothy J. Downs and Marisa Mazari-Hiriart
    11. Ambiguity in an Ambiguous Region Jeremy Tasch and Weiwei Tasch
    12. Risk Conundrums of the Renewable Energy Transition: Can We Balance Opportunities, Optimism, and Challenges? Bonnie Ram and Jennie Stephens
    13. Hydraulic Fracturing – A Risk for Environment, Energy Security and Affordability? Nick Pidgeon, Merryn Thomas, Tristan Partridge, Darrick Evensen, and Barbara Harthorn
    14. Out of Harm’s Way: Challenges in Reducing Current and Future Coastal Risk Exposure Susanne C. Moser, Kirstin Dow, and Seth Tuler
    15. Addressing Risk Conundrums in Sustainable Development Timothy J. Downs, Edward R. Carr and Robert Goble
    16. Vulnerability does not just fall from the Sky: Addressing the Vulnerability Conundrum Jesse Ribot
    17. Risk Governance: Concept and Application to Systemic Risk Ortwin Renn
    18. How Can We Prevent the Collapse of Humanitarian Values in Foreign Policy Decisions? Paul Slovic, Robin Gregory, Daniel Vastfjall, and David Frank



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