The Enigma of Knowledge in the Risk Field

Terje Aven, Marja Ylönen

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationKnowledge in Risk Assessment and Management
    EditorsTerje Aven, Enrico Zio
    ChapterThe Enigma of Knowledge in the Risk Field
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-119-31790-6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-119-31789-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material


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