Understanding Risk – a Risk Research project

School of Psychology, Cardiff Universityprojects in progress in a university network of researchers interested in the perception of real life risks

The Understanding Risk research group is made up of a network of researchers who study risk in an interdisciplinary manner and have a particular focus on examining risk within real life, applied situations.  This is a multi-centred research group involving researchers based at Cardiff University, Sheffield University and the University of East Anglia … (understanding risk 1/2).

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Address: School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK;
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Understanding Risk 2/2: … This research group stems from a previous programme of research titled ‘Understanding Risk’ which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based at the University of East Anglia whilst incorporating links with the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, Cardiff University and Brunel University.  This was a five year programme of research that examined public perceptions of risk issues, trust, institutional response and stakeholder involvement. 

Current research projects include:

  • Climate Change and Energy Choices: This project aims to empirically investigate the extent to which citizens understand, conceptualise, and respond to the new and emerging spectrum of framings of energy policy.  This project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
  • Public Perceptions of Climate Change and Energy Futures in Britain: Complementing the Climate Change and Energy Choices project, this project will consist of a large nationwide quantitative survey conducted in Britain to examine public perceptions of climate change and various energy options.  This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
  • Living with Nuclear Power in Britain: A Mixed-methods Study: Taking a narrative approach, this project aims to explore values through the stories that people tell about living with risk.  This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
  • Gender Theories and Risk Perception: This project aims to investigate the common finding in many surveys that women typically report higher perceptions of public risk than men. The research will address the deficit of theory surrounding this frequently observed relationship between gender and risk.  This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
  • Risk Perception and Social Response to Nanotechnologies: This project is funded by the US National Science Foundation.
  • Awareness and Perceptions of the Risks of Exposure to Radon in Homes: This project aims to examine the way in which differentially affected groups react to the risks of radon in their own homes, and how this interacts with the wider social and institutional context. This project is funded by the Health Protection Agency.

Project Sponsors / Partners: The University of East Anglia, and The University of Sheffield.

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