UNU-IAS has published a series of new working papers focusing on risk communication in the context of radiological disasters. The papers explore how radiation is understood in society, the specific challenges of communication related to radiation, and what forms of risk communication are appropriate and effective. Written by leading international scholars and practitioners, the papers present a diverse range of perspectives on these issues. Insights and lessons are drawn from the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and other cases such as the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island accidents.
Produced by the UNU-IAS Fukushima Global Communication programme (FGC), the working papers are outputs of an FGC research workshop held in Tokyo on 12–13 November 2015, on the topic “Understanding and Communicating Risks Post Fukushima”. FGC is a research initiative examining impacts of the March 2011 disasters on people and society, the challenges of the recovery process in Fukushima, and issues of risk and information provision.
Mental Health Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Post-Traumatic Stress and Psycho-Socio-Economic Factors Takuya Tsujiuchi (Waseda University)
Decision Making and Gender Inequality: In the Process of “Reconstruction” after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (in Japanese) Nanako Shimizu (Utsunomiya University)
Information Environment Surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident and its Radiation Problem – from a Viewpoint of Science Technology Communication (in Japanese) Mamoru Ito (Waseda University)
Gender Difference in Risk Perception following the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster Rika Morioka (Myanmar Partners in Policy and Research)
Risk Communication Programs after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: A Comparison of Epistemic Cultures Aya H. Kimura (University of Hawaii-Manoa)
Beyond Paternalism and Strategy: Understanding Radiological Risks as a Mutual Learning Experience Gaston Meskens (Belgian Nuclear Research Center/University of Ghent)
Local Populations Facing Long Term Consequences of Nuclear Accidents: Lessons Learned from Chernobyl and Fukushima Gilles Hériard-Dubreuil & Stéphane Baudé (MUTADIS)
Being “Post-Fukushima”: Divergent Understandings of Sociotechnical Risk William J. Kinsella (North Carolina State University)
How to Communicate about Radiological Risks? A European Perspective Tanja Perko (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre/University of Antwerp)
ICRP 111 and the Reality of Fukushima – from a Clinician’s Viewpoint (in Japanese) Makoto Miyazaki (Fukushima Medical University)
From ‘Risk Communication’ to Participatory Radiation Risk Assessment Masashi Shirabe (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Christine Fassert (Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire) & Reiko Hasegawa (Sciences Po Paris)