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Complexity, uncertainty and future risks

Pidgeon, Nicholas Frank 2014. Complexity, uncertainty and future risks. Journal of Risk Research 17 (10) , pp. 1269-1271. 10.1080/13669877.2014.940599

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Roger Kasperson’s paper prompts us to reflect on whether traditional risk communication tools and approaches might be inadequate for many of the tasks now emerging. One can point to the increasingly complex nature of some technological and environmental hazards; the need to scrutinise emerging technologies upstream of significant applications; and fundamental changes to risk identities within society. Perhaps, we now genuinely face a risk society, exemplified by the dysfunction of global financial systems, extreme inequalities and encroaching environmental threats, alongside the unwinding of traditional social identities? Strategic capacity to address many of these fundamental risk challenges is lacking.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Risk communication, uncertainty, complexity.
Additional Information: Published online 30th August 2014. Pdf uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s policy at (accessed 26/11/2014)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1366-9877
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 29 June 2014
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 21:52

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