About

@Risk will identify conceptual frameworks and mechanisms to strengthen Canada’s risk management capacity in situations where expert and lay public assessments of risk differ.  This is a multidisciplinary partnership involving researchers from 11 Canadian and U.S. universities and 4 partner organizations.

The project is focused on 6 case studies in 3 sector clusters:

  • Energy cluster: high level nuclear waste disposal and hydraulic fracturing
  • Public Health cluster: vaccine hesitancy and mammography cancer screening
  • Genomics cluster: newborn screening and gene-edited dairy cattle

Objectives - Year 1

  • Probe if and how public values and public input are incorporated into risk management frameworks and broader policy and regulatory decisions
  • Begin to assess the extent and influence of motivated reasoning among actors
  • Begin to assess the role of risk information, communication and other practices/structures to account for motivated reasoning in risk decision-making

Objectives - Year 2

  • A survey instrument will be designed to test and compare the extent of motivated reasoning in the risk expert and public populations
  • Evaluate findings in relation to strengthening Canada’s capacity to manage risk
  • Identify gaps in scholarly and practitioner understanding of factors that strengthen risk management frameworks in situations where risk controversies are apparent or imminent

Funding mechanisms for the next phase of @Risk are being determined.

Research Team
Partners

Partners are integral to the co-development of the research project. Representatives participate on the Steering Committee, Advisory Council, and Research Team.

  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
  • Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University

To learn more about how to become a partner, please contact ISSP.

Advisory Council

The @Risk Advisory Council provides strategic advice.  In Year 1, direction is focused on information dissemination.  In Year 2, the Council will focus on how best to prepare for a full SSHRC Partnership Grant application.

Financial Supporters

Federal funding for @Risk is cost shared principally by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Genome Canada.  Additional contributions come from uOttawa's Faculty of Social Sciences, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commissions, uOttawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Canadian Public Health Association, and Genetic Engineering and Society Center, North Carolina State University.

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