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RiskBridge Conference Proceedings (2009)

PROCEEDINGS Of the RISKBRIDGE Final Conference

RISK GOVERNANCE AND POLICY LEARNING WITHIN AND BETWEEN RISK FIELDS

Scotland House Conference Centre, Brussels, March 26- 27 2009

RiskBridge is an EC-funded FP6 Coordination-Action Project commissioned to explore new integrative approaches to risk governance. The project aimed to develop an integrative risk governance model based on a resilient and discursive approach connecting risk assessment, management and communication. The project took:


  • An open project architecture rather than a specific model as a starting point

  • Policy learning as the central mode of operation, allowing for input across different science fields, geographical boundaries and science-policy interfaces

  • Cases related to complex risk fields where the agreement of risk governance approaches is limited.

The project was structured in three parts. In the preparatory phase, the project partners (in consultation with nominated expert members) exchanged insights on risk governance practice and developed a framework for risk governance learning. This included classifications of risk governance situations and of social and cultural settings, criteria for '˜good quality' processes in governance, and methods to promote learning within and across different risk fields. In the empirical phase, the following six risk fields took centre stage:


  • Stem cells

  • Radioactive waste

  • Nanotechnology

  • Climate Change

  • Sediments

  • Electromagnetic fields