Risk and Governance

The Risk and Governance unit addresses a variety of issues revolving around the distribution of risks in society and the conflicts they give rise to. It especially deals with the social perception of risks, risks public policies (on GMOs, food safety, nanotechnologies or radioactive waste disposal) as well as risk assessment and management. A great deal of the work is concerned with implantation conflicts, such as cell phone antennas, radioactive waste disposal or wind turbines. For each of these, we aim to unfold those conflicts and provide ways to solve them. On a more local level, it offers solutions to relevant authorities for emergency planning and crisis management. In this respect, the risk and governance unit also delivers a (interuniversity) Certificate in emergency planning (http://www.planicom.be/) tailored for professionals in the field of emergency planning and crisis management.