Modelling risk and risking models: the diffusive boundary between science and policy in volcanic risk assessment
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Donovan, A., & Oppenheimer, C. (2014). Modelling risk and risking models: the diffusive boundary between science and policy in volcanic risk assessment. Geoforum, 58 153-165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.11.005
This article examines the science-policy interface in volcanic risk assessment. It analyses empirical data from research on Montserrat, where new volcanic risk assessment methodologies were pioneered. We discuss the ways in which these methods contributed towards the ordering of scientific advice in its geographical context, and we provide examples of the complex and overlapping topologies that are assembled in a volcanic eruption. In this case, the science-policy interface can be conceptualised as diffusive: both science and policy contain multiple overlapping networks of actors, objects and ideas that interact with one another through flows of responsibilities, attribution, identity and interpretation. Volcanic risk management involves negotiation of conceptual, relational and physical boundaries, and as a result requires the use of qualitative and quantitative methods across human and physical geography.
boundary-ordering, models, risk assessment, science and policy, volcanic risk
AD was supported by a NERC-ESRC PhD studentship and a Leverhulme Early-Career Fellowship.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.11.005
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/246523
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