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Barcelona conference - Press Release (22.09.08)
The Economic and Research Council have recognised the value of the research
in the Social Contexts and Responses to Risk Priority Network by awarding
the Director, Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby in SSPSSR, a Programme Fellowship.
This grant will consolidate the research contribution of the Network by
supporting a major international conference in Beijing on the theme of
Managing the Social Impacts of Change from a Risk Perspective and a book-length
overview of the work of the research. Awards from ESRC and other bodies
for the Network now exceed £3m.
The conference, in 2009, will focus on the emergence of new social risks
in the transition from a state socialist to a more market-oriented economy.
It will be specifically concerned with engaging Chinese academics and
policy-makers with the implications of ESRC-funded research. Chinese society
faces enormous pressures from headlong growth, migration to the cities,
the disruption of traditional family care and dependency and the impact
of new market systems in a formerly socialist society. These changes lead
both to greater economic insecurity and to new opportunities. SCARR research
provides up-to-date analysis of how individuals respond to these new social
risks. The research also analyses how public policy-makers assess risks
and the associated issues of regulation and public trust.
The conference will draw on research links developed between the Network
and Beijing Normal University. Proceedings will be published in Chinese
The project will also support the writing of a book on Risk, Trust and
Policy, which will draw together SCARR Network findings relevant to public
policy. Network research examines diversity and perceptions of risk, intergenerational
issues, the way in which people interact with the media in learning about
risk, new citizen-consumer approaches to the regulation of public policy
and the management of uncertainties in the context of family relationships
with partners and children. The book will set these findings in the context
of other research and of theoretical debates to provide an account of
how current policy directions relate to the way people approach and understand
the risks that face them in everyday life.
Zinn, Jens O. (Ed.) (2007): Social
Theories of Risk and Uncertainty: An Introduction,
Blackwell: Oxford - Malden (MA).
ISBN: 9781405153362, ISBN10: 1405153369
Lewis, Jane, 'Teenagers
and their Parents : Parental time and Parenting Style - What are the Issues?':(2007)
Political Quarterly 78 (2): 292-300.
Taylor-Gooby, Peter and Zinn, Jens O. eds. (2006):
Risk in Social
Science, ISBN: Hardback: 13: 978-0-19-928596-9; Paper:
Oxford, Oxford University Press.
New Working Papers:
Quilgars, D, Jones A & Abbott, D
Risky Rainy Days:
Who plans for their financial future?
Quilgars, D, Jones A & Abbott, D
Does difference make a difference in financial planning for risk?
Venables D, Pidgeon N, Simmons P, Henwood K & Parkhill K
Living with Nuclear Power: A Q-method Study of Local Community Risk Perceptions
Pidgeon, N, Simmons, P, Sarre, S, Henwood, K, & Smith, N;
Health, Risk and Society – in press
Risk, Framing and Everyday Life: epistemological and methodological reflections from three sociocultural projects
Lunt, P, Livingstone, S, Malik, S
Public Understanding of
Regimes of Risk Regulation:
A report on focus group discussions
with citizens and consumers
Working Papers - 2007
Burchardt, M: Managing Risks through
Solidarity?HIV/AIDS and the Organization of Support in South Africa
Mehta, J: Being Economic:
Perspectives on Risk and Rationality (SCARR WP18)
Zinn,J: Risk, Social
Change and Morals. Conceptual Approaches of Sociological Risk Theories