Hybrid Risk Governance: Integrating Knowledge-Based and Value-Based Decision Making

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 11:00
Location: Hörsaal BIG 2 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Catherine Mei Ling WONG, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia
Major industrial accidents like the Fukushima nuclear disaster show us that such events are often neither unprecedented nor unexpected. Disaster incubation occurs within organisational structures; risks are amplified when the public is not involved and informed; and the impacts often spread across industries, national boundaries and value systems. Risk management, therefore, demands more than technical risk assessment. It requires a participatory process to ensure 1) fair and equitable distribution of risks and benefits, and 2) incorporate the knowledge, values and interests of all stakeholders in decision-making. But what does this mean in practice? The speaker presents a Hybrid Risk Governance Framework as a format for multi-stakeholder engagement. This model offers a comprehensive set of procedures that corporations, policy makers, risk managers, etc. can use to navigate the participatory process at various stages of a project. Examples will be drawn from a case study of nuclear power in India after the Fukushima disaster.