1st Edition

Risk Management for Water Professionals Technical, Psychological and Sociological Underpinnings

By Anna Kosovac Copyright 2024
    96 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a comprehensive view of the different theories of risk management in water, drawing on recent studies that serve to inform the way that practitioners consider their own risk practice.

    While it is commonplace to see risk described in technical and engineering terms when discussing water, this book argues that this is a flawed practice that results in poor decision-making, particularly where water intersects with social elements and the community. Challenging these traditionally held notions of risk, this book introduces the psychological and sociological underpinnings to water risk decisions. Using these, it argues for a broader view of risk-based thinking and proposes a number of evidence-based actions for policymakers to directly implement. Drawing on primary research conducted with water professionals across a variety of roles, this book highlights how the effect of psychological inputs, such as dread and reputation, can create barriers to implementing novel water solutions or projects. Through understanding the biases covered in this book, water practitioners can work to support processes that seek to encourage new and innovative methods in water management.

    This book will be of great interest to professionals working in water management, including those in government roles, planning departments and consultancies. It is also a great reference for students of both water resource management and risk studies more generally.

    Chapter 1: Risk and Water – Why Should We Care?

    Chapter 2: Technical Theories of Risk

    Chapter 3: Psychological Theories of Risk

    Chapter 4: Sociological Theories of Risk

    Chapter 5: Water Practitioners: How Do They See Risk? A Study

    Chapter 6: Implications

    Chapter 7: Conclusion


    Anna Kosovac is a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds a PhD in Risk Perceptions and Decision-Making in the Water Public Sector and has a decade of experience working in the public sector in water management.