Risk and Resilience

Risk is a concept for our time. Every advance that we make through science and technology brings its own problems for human health and environment. Anticipating and managing these technological risks is a major role for governments. Assessing risks involves an understanding of the technology and its wastes, and the science behind impacts on humans and environment. Managing risks combines an understanding of impacts and their causes with an understanding of public preferences and values.

This area embraces how risk assessment informs policy development and decision-making in a cross-disciplinary way by addressing the core natural and social science issues. In tune with the basic philosophy of the Science, Technology & Environmental Policy (STEP) program, it therefore makes connections between science/technology and policy by integrating understanding across the sciences.  

Research and Projects

  • Understanding Sources of Aquatic Contaminants of Emerging Concern ($640,000)
  • Workshop to Develop a National Research Strategy for Contaminants of Emerging Concern ($40,000)
  • Reforming Risk Management of Toxic Chemicals: National Science and Policy Needs to Protect Public Health ($29,000)
  • Identifying and Evaluating Best Practices for Adaptive Management 
of Water Resources ($199,000)
  • Scoping Study to Design a Water Congress ($25,000)

Publications and Policy Engagement

  • Risk and vulnerability assessment and management
  • Characterizing and addressing complex environmental projects using science and other ways of knowing
  • Governance practices, such as adaptive management and collaboration, to enhance socio-ecological resilience
  • Minnesota's Water Sustainability Framework
  • Research Strategy for Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Faculty: Peter CalowKathy Quick

Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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