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Characterizing Landscapes of Regional Risk Governance

Volume 11, Number 6, November 2015 - Paper 8 - pp. 605-618


1. Department of Environmental Studies and the Institute for Energy Studies, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, U.S.A.
2. Associate Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280, U.S.A.
3. Research Professor in Environmental Science and Policy, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, IDCE House, Room 45, March Institute, Room 303, Clark University, Worcester, MA 01610-1477, U.S.A.
4. Senior Researcher at ZIRIUS, Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies, University of Stuttgart , Seidenstraße 36,70174 Stuttgart, GERMANY

(Received on February 10, 2015, revised on July 31, 2015)


In a world of increasingly complex and tightly coupled systems, hazard managers face new challenges of interconnecting hazards. Hazards associated with these risk systems cannot be managed in isolation. A plurality of actors each with their peculiar interests, abilities, and constraints engage in individual and coordinated actions in the context of multiple and sometimes overlapping political and institutional boundaries. This paper attempts to simplify and make sense of this complex risk environment by using the notion of a decision landscape. A decision landscape in a conceptual space to locate potential actions, implications of such actions, actors, purposes, resources, and scene. Using the example of hydraulic fracturing in the United Sates we suggest how a risk decision landscape can be structured and populated with information relevant to risk managers.


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