There is tension found within public decision-making when there is a difference in risk perception… between experts and other stakeholders, and a difference of opinion on how to mitigate risks.
@Risk: Strengthening Canada’s Ability to Manage Risk is identifying how to reconcile this tension because differences can lead to serious consequences, including the potential to put our current societal approach to risk management itself ‘at risk’.
@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