Complementing Social Scientific Perspectives on the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)

Complementing Social Scientific Perspectives on the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)

Client: International Risk Governance Council (Switzerland) (2002) | Area: Security Research

Target of the contracting authority |

Social-scientific revision of 16 fact sheets of the IRGC regarding content and structure; creation of an assessment frame for the ranking of problem areas and the selection of adequate risk governance strategies; a profound analysis of the most important problem areas

sine  mandate |

Tasks of sine included:

  • revision of 16 fact sheets of the IRGC: Artificial Intelligence and Robots, Complexity, Nanotechnology, Early Warning, Critical Infrastructure, Food Safety, Transportation and Mobility, Biodiversity, Nuclear Power, Taxonomy of Risk and Governance, Terrorists attacks from earth and sky, Databases and Methodologies for Comparative Risk Assessment, Genetic Engineering, Climate Change, Materials Misuse, Infectious Disease.
  • Proposal, justification and creation of pilot-projects
  • Integration of the selected areas into a theoretic framework

Methods of data collection and analysis |

Content analysis of literature, reports and websites related to the different 16 fields

Results |

The IRGC received a 72 pages report. Results can be partially obtained via the IRGC website: www.irgc.org The results have been elaborated in a workshop in Zurich on 12.12.2002.

For further information please contact: Dr. Kerstin Dressel

Responsible | Dr. Kerstin Dressel (project management), Dr. Stefan Böschen, Dr. Willy Viehöver, PD Dr. Michael Schneider und Dipl.-Psych. Monika Wastian