New ISSP @Risk project

People around a table at the Risk Workshop

@Risk: Risk Management, Democratization and Evidence-Based Decision-Making” is a research project that focuses on how to reconcile the tensions inherent in public decision-making in situations where experts and public stakeholders differ in their perceptions of risk, and their preferences on how to mitigate risks. These differences can lead to serious consequences, including putting current societal approaches to risk management themselves at risk. The project involves a number of steps.

  1. The @Risk project was launched on 10 March 2016 with a series of meetings involving faculty and practitioners, culminating in a public lecture entitled “Where did all the baby bottles go? Canada’s regulation of BPA and democratic risk management" by Wilfrid Laurier University Professor Simon Kiss, together with comments from senior level practitioner discussant Dr. Brenda Kenny (Adjunct Professor, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, past CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association). Following the lecture, Dr. Simon Kiss wrote a wrote a blog on his research in this field.
  2. On May 2nd and 3rd the ISSP organized a workshop and reception to mobilize existing knowledge, foster relationships and elucidate promising areas of shared interest. Participants included senior practitioners from the energy, genomics and public health sectors and faculty and students from seven universities and multiple disciplines including political science, engineering, communications, psychology, geography, law and philosophy. We are pleased to acknowledge financial support from a SSHRC Connection Grant and financial and partner support from Genome Canada, the Geological Survey of Canada, and the Faculty of Social Science for the workshop. View the agenda, and see presentations and video content of the workshop at our workshop link.
  3. The ISSP is pursuing a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant application for the fall of 2016.  The objective is to secure support for a two- or three-year research plan that will draw on experiences across three sectors – energy, health, and genomics – and examine the question: “How can risk management frameworks and broader policy and regulatory decisions be made in ways that respond to public values and concerns whilst adhering to evidence-based decision-making?”

The ISSP is actively seeking additional partners and collaborators for the next steps of @Risk. Please contact Dr. Stewart Fast, Senior Research Associate, ISSP, to learn more.

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