Environmental Risk Management
During this course, the students will reflect on decision-making processes relevant for the risk management of four major environmental challenges: climate, air pollution and health, chemicals, and water management.
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For each environmental challenge there will be an overview of the risk management processes on a national, regional, and global level, with focus on how scientific data are used to inform those processes. The course will introduce how regulatory decisions are made within the EU and other authoritative bodies and stakeholders, as well as general principles for decision-making such as the precautionary principle and the substitution principle. During the course, invited lecturers will provide different perspectives of risk management decision-making. The course will also include aspects of risk communication and science policy interactions, such as how scientific data should be communicated in order to effectively inform decision-making.
Course includes lectures, seminars and exercises.
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
- Winsberg, E. (2018). Philosophy and Climate Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108164290
- Brunsson, K. & Brunsson, N. (2017). Decisions: the complexities of individual and organizational decision-making. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. (116 pages)
- Bradley, R. and Mareile Drechsle, (2014), Types of Uncertainty. Erkenntnis, 79(6), http://personal.lse.ac.uk/bradleyr/pdf/BradleyDrechsler12uly.pdf
- Bradley, S. (2011). Scientific Uncertainty: A User’s Guide. Grantham Center Discussion Paper. https://philpapers.org/archive/BRASUA.pdf
- Briggs, R. A., "Normative Theories of Rational Choice: Expected Utility", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2019 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2019/entries/rationality-normative-utility/>.
- Chang, R. ”Hard Choices” TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/ruth_chang_how_to_make_hard_choices?language=en
- Douglas, H. (2000). Inductive Risk and Values in Science. Philosophy of Science, 67(4), 559-579. www.jstor.org/stable/188707
- Hansson, Sven Ove, "Risk", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2018 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2018/entries/risk/
- Hansson, Sven Ove, (2007), Philosophical Problems in Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economics and Philosophy, 23(2), 163-183. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266267107001356
- Hansson, Sven Ove, Decision Theory: A Brief Introduction, https://people.kth.se/~soh/decisiontheory.pdf
- Parker, W.S., Winsberg, E. Values and evidence: how models make a difference. Euro Jnl Phil Sci 8, 125–142 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-017-0180-6
- Rudner, R. (1953). The Scientist Qua Scientist Makes Value Judgments. Philosophy of Science, 20(1), 1-6. www.jstor.org/stable/185617
- Steele, K. (2012). The Scientist qua Policy Advisor Makes Value Judgments. Philosophy of Science, 79(5), 893-904. https://doi.org/10.1086/667842
- Janis, Irving L. (1971). ”Groupthink”. Psychology Today Magazine, November 1971, p 270-280.
This course is elective in both Environmental Science master’s programs, but may also be taken as an separate course.