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Ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty surrounding the hazards of hydrogen and public views of emergent risks

Flynn, R, Ricci, M and Bellaby, P 2011, 'Ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty surrounding the hazards of hydrogen and public views of emergent risks' , Journal of Risk Research . (In Press)

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    Abstract

    New technologies and emergent risks pose special problems for risk governance and regulation. This paper outlines some of the uncertainties about the hazards of hydrogen energy and examines qualitative evidence from recent deliberative Citizens’ Panels in England and Wales about hydrogen energy technologies. It is shown that laypeople express ambivalent and contradictory views about, and critical trust in, experts’ views about hydrogen. The findings are discussed in relation to the International Risk Governance Council framework for emergent risks characterised by ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Risk Research
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1366-9877
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 10:29
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:19
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19253

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