Risk Interpretation and Action


Early in December 2013, 21 talented, early career scientists gathered in New Zealand to develop new, interdisciplinary perspectives on the ways in which people interpret risks and how they respond based on these interpretations. During the week-long seminar, early career scientists joined a number of senior scientists, including David Johnston (Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand) and Richard Eiser (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom), to explore if and how the recently published framework for response to natural hazards can be integrated across scientific disciplines and cultural contexts.

The early career scientists from all over the world were selected as Fellows based on their abilities to bring exciting new perspectives on risk interpretation and action to the seminar. They introduce themselves here.

The seminar was co-sponsored by the World Social Science Fellows programme, the Risk Interpretation and Action working group of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, the IRDR International Center of  Excellence, Taipei, the international START Secretariat, and the Royal Society of New Zealand. It was hosted by Massey University in Wellington and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

WSS Fellows on RIA* (2014) Reporting on the Seminar – Risk Interpretation and Action (RIA): Decision Making Under Conditions of Uncertainty. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 18 (1), pp. 27-37.