It is over 40 years since we began to reflect upon risk in a more social than technological and economic fashion, firstly making sense of the gap between expert and public assessment of risks, such as to our health and environment. With fixed certainties of the past eroded and the technological leaps of ‘big data’, ours is truly an age of risk, uncertainty and probability - from Google’s algorithms to the daily management of personal lifestyle risks. Academic reflection and research has kept pace with these dizzying developments but remains an intellectually fragmented field, shaped by professional imperatives and disciplinary boundaries, from risk analysis to regulation and social research. This is the first attempt to draw together and define risk studies, through a definitive collection written by the leading scholars in the field. It will be an indispensable resource for the many scholars, students and professionals engaging with risk but lacking a resource to draw it all together.
Introduction Part I: Basic Concepts and Development 1.The Experience of « Risk ». Genealogy and transformations, Claude-Olivier Doron 2. Probability, Ruben van Coile 3. Understanding Uncertainty: Thinking through in relation to high-risk technologies, Kenneth Pettersen 4. Trust and Risk, Patrick Brown 5. The Reconceptualization of Risk, Terje Aven 6. Why Risk is Recursive and What this Entails, Jerry Busby Part II: Social Approaches to Risk 7. Risk and Culture, John Adams 8. Risk and Theory in Germany, Jens O. Zinn and Wolfgang Bonss 9. Governmentality and the Analysis of Risk, Pat O’Malley Part III: Hazard Assessment and Decision Making 10. Assessing and Mitigating Natural Hazards in a Very Uncertain World, Seth Stein 11. Heuristics and Biases in Decision Making About Risk, Andrew Weyman and Julie Barnett Part IV: Risk Management 12. Health and Safety and the Management of Risk, Laurence N. Ball-King and David J. Ball 13. Risk Management: Sociotechnological risks and disasters, Jean-Christophe Le Coze 14. Quantitative Risk Management and its Limits - A UK engineering perspective, Roger Kemp 15. Disaster Risk Management, Kristian Cedervall Lauta and Michael Faure Part V: Regulation and Governance 16. Risk and Regulation, Alberto Alemanno 17. Risk Governance: Concept and application to technological risk, Ortwin Renn 18. The Evolution Of The Regulatory State: From the law and policy of antitrust to the politics of precaution, Giandomenico Majone Part VI: Key Research Dimensions 19. Risk, Medicine and Health, Andy Alaszewski 20. Risk Knowledge(s), Crime and Law, Kelly Hannah-Moffat 21. Risk, Social Policy, Welfare and Social Work, Hazel Kemshall 22. Risk and Media Studies, John Tulloch Part VII: International Aspects 23. Global Risk, Jakob Arnoldi 24. Terrorism, Risk and Insecurity: Debates, challenges and controversies, Gabe Mythen 25. Risk, (In)security, and International Politics, Claudia Aradau Part VIII: Emerging Areas 26. Digital Risk Society, Deborah Lupton 27. Risk and Ignorance, Matthias Gross 28. Imagining Risk - The visual dimension in risk analysis, Hermann Mitterhofer & Silvia Jordan 29. Resilience and Risk Studies, Kristian Krieger 30. Risk Taking, Jens Zinn