Stakeholder Involvement in Risk Governance

This report focuses on the involvement of stakeholders and the participation of the directly affected public in risk governance.

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  • Publication date: February, 2014
  • Pages: 96
  • ISBN: 9781783581269


This report focuses on the involvement of stakeholders and the participation of the directly affected public in risk governance. It provides detailed insight into the main concepts behind involvement processes, and examples of how to structure these processes so that they are effective.  The report describes the main features of and conditions for successful stakeholder involvement and highlights how these can be applied to risk governance.

Organising and structuring a stakeholder involvement process goes beyond the mere desire to initiate a two-way communication process and the willingness to listen to public concerns. Discursive processes need a structure that ensures the integration of technical expertise, regulatory requirements, and public values. Decisions on risk must reflect effective regulation, efficient use of resources, legitimate means of action, and social acceptability and this is outlined in this report.


Chapter 1: Key terms in stakeholder involvement

Chapter 2: The need for stakeholder involvement – A systems perspective

Chapter 3: Generic concepts for stakeholder involvement

Chapter 4: The analytic-deliberative approach to stakeholder involvement

Chapter 5: Focusing on operations – Lessons for successful stakeholder involvement

Chapter 6: Stakeholder involvement in risk governance

Chapter 7: Appropriate formats for stakeholder involvement in risk governance

Check our Executive Summary and full table of contents here


Ortwin Renn
Ortwin Renn serves as full professor for Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment and as Dean of the Economic and Social Science Department at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). He directs the Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS) and the non-profit company DIALOGIK (a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes in environmental policy-making). Ortwin also serves as adjunct professor for Integrated Risk Analysis at Stavanger University (Norway) and as affiliate professor for Risk Governance at Beijing Normal University. Together with Armin Grunwald, he co-directs the German Helmholtz-Alliance (‘Future infrastructures for meeting energy demands: Towards sustainability and social compatibility’). Ortwin has a doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Cologne. His career has included teaching and research positions at the Juelich Nuclear Research Center, Clark University (Worcester, USA), the Swiss Institute of Technology (Zurich), and the Center of Technology Assessment (Stuttgart). He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of EU President Barroso, the Scientific and Technical Council of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) in Lausanne, the National Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China, and several national and international academies of science. In 2012, he was elected president of the international Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). His honours include an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Institute of Technology, an honorary affiliate professorship at the Technical University Munich, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Risk Analysis, and several best publication awards. In 2012, the German Federal Government awarded him the National Cross of Merit Order in recognition of his outstanding academic performance. Ortwin is primarily interested in risk governance and political participation, as well as in technical and social change towards sustainability. He has published more than 30 books and 250 articles, including Risk Governance: Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex World (Earthscan, 2008).

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