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Ss34 From Science To Robust Policy Making: Managing Uncertainties And Reputational Risks In Climate Change Adaptation Plans In England

Author(s): SS34: Incorporating the Science Evidence Base into Water Policy and Law
World Water Congress 2015 Edinburgh Scotland
Special session 34: Habitat Restoration And Natural Flood Management
Author(s): Dr. Christian Kuhlicke Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Dr. Christian Kuhlicke
Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig





  • Administrative-organisational challenges in using uncertain climate science by following an adaptive management approach?
  • Interconnectedness with institutional context?
  • The disposal of the Brent-Spar and the raising awareness about reputational risks
  • Shift from government to governance: risk managing organisations need to act in an institutional environment that is shaped by the demands and expectations of a plurality of actors 
  • Pressure to be more open and responsive to external voices than previously science-based risk management thinking
  • Stakeholder can become a managerial dread factor and an explicitly recognised source of risk for organisations responsible for risk management
Organisations are therefore increasingly engaged with managing second order reputational risks and this potentially at the expense of first order risks


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