Risk Interpretation and Action

Early December 2013, 25 talented, early career scientists will gather 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 a week-long seminar, the 25 early career scientists will join 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 a recently published framework for response to natural hazards can be integrated across scientific disciplines and cultural contexts.

The 25 early career scientists come from all over the world and have been selected as Fellows because we expect they will bring exciting new perspectives on risk interpretation and action to the seminar. They introduce themselves here.

The seminar is 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 will be hosted by Massey University in Wellington and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.