In recent years we have seen a growing interest in the knowledge dimension in risk analysis settings. The interest has been motivated by developments within the fields of risk assessment and risk management, which have highlighted the relevance of uncertainties and the need to look beyond and behind the probabilities, towards knowledge aspects. This chapter focuses on the foundation of risk analysis and addresses both epistemological and ontological issues related to knowledge, and provide reflections of the suitability/unsuitability of various conceptualizations of the knowledge concept in a risk analysis context. One approach for knowledge generation, pragmatism, links knowledge to action and the results of the actions. Risk assessments are used to obtain knowledge about specific activities, such as phenomena or processes. The insights are provided by experts from the relevant fields and disciplines, for example medicine and health, with support from risk analysis experts.
|Title of host publication||Knowledge in Risk Assessment and Management|
|Editors||Terje Aven, Enrico Zio|
|Chapter||The Enigma of Knowledge in the Risk Field|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|MoE publication type||D2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material|