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Strategic Environmental Risk Appraisal: lay understanding and communication challenges - FP0101

Investigate the public perception of twelve environmental risks, for which Defra has policy responsibility. This work builds on an unpublished strategic environmental risk appraisal of the same twelve risks.
(i) Explore citizen understandings of the comparative analysis presented by the strategic appraisal of 12 risk areas (comprehension);
(ii) Examine the public ‘ordering’ of these 12 risks (an alternative analysis), having been exposed to the supporting core information available in the summary document;
(iii) Examine lay interpretations of who is responsible for managing these risk areas (accountability, agency, trust);
(iv) Research citizen views on representing and comprehending the dynamic nature of these risks, as affected by key factors such as a changing climate;
(v) Evaluate the extent to which the inter-relatedness of these risks is understood; and
(vi) Explore citizen views on the significance of these risks, the responsiveness of this suite of 12 risks to intervention (can anything more be done about these residual risks) and the appetite for relaxing or strengthening controls (‘Would you be prepared to accept an increase in certain risks if others were reduced further?’).
Project Documents
• SUM - Summary Report : FP0101 summary   (267k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2012

Cost: £49,444
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Cranfield University