Risk Communication Programs after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: A Comparison of Epistemic Cultures

Kimura, Aya H. (2015). Risk Communication Programs after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: A Comparison of Epistemic Cultures. Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series. United Nations University.

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    Author Kimura, Aya H.
    Title Risk Communication Programs after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: A Comparison of Epistemic Cultures
    Series Title Fukushima Global Communication Programme Working Paper Series
    Volume/Issue No. 13
    Publication Date 2015-12
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 7
    Language eng
    Abstract Management of risk perception, in addition to risk itself, is an important pillar of risk governance. This paper explores the citizen radiation measuring organizations as an example of risk communication and contrasts their ‘epistemic culture’ with that of the nuclear industry’s risk communication programs. Two policy recommendations are made in the paper. First, risk communication needs to be firmly decoupled with public relations. Second, the cost (including remunerating citizens for their participation) of open, participatory, and sustained dialogue about radiation risks needs to be factored in any cost estimate of nuclear power.
    UNBIS Thesaurus NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS
    PUBLIC RELATIONS
    RADIATION MONITORING
    Keyword Risk perception
    Risk communication
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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