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Justice, Equity and Risk

The Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group provides a forum for SRA members interested in:

  • Identifying disparities in risks experienced by specific subpopulations and sources of those disparities
  • Informing the scientific community about issues related to justice and equity in the distribution of risks
  • Collaborating to empower other SRA members to further address justice and equity concerns within their purview
  • Discussing and recommending approaches to address and/or mitigate disparities in exposure to risks

I. Poll of SRA Membership:  Identifying a Cross-Cutting Justice, Equity and Risk Focused Project Theme for SRA Specialty Groups

The SRA Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) would like to identify a cross-cutting project theme for a risk challenge that can be approached by various angles by SRA specialty groups.  Thus, a poll is being conducted to obtain feedback from SRA SG Chairs and general members to:

  • Identify a risk challenge that can be addressed collaboratively by SGs
  • Highlight, describe and examine the issues pertinent to the that challenge that uniquely apply to a given specialty group
  • Recommend steps that SRA, researchers, and scientists can take to mitigate, address and move towards solving the noted issues

JERSG would like to invite your feedback within the poll available via the JERSG webpage The poll results will be reviewed during SRA Annual Meeting in the JERSG Roundtable Session (W60), which is currently scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST (please check final program to confirm). Results also will be posted on the JERSG webpage. This effort is intended to culminate in a special edition of the Risk Analysis Journal. Thank you in advance for taking the time (5-10 minutes) to answer this short poll! 


II. Join JERSG & Attend Membership Meetings (On the Last Monday of the Month 12:00-12:30PM EST)

The Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) of SRA general membership meetings are held the last Monday of each month from 12:00 to 12:30 pm EST.  To access meetings, please select JERSG as one of your specialty groups by going to:

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If you need help with membership and logon, please contact Jennifer Rosenberg at

III. JERSG Sponsored and Cosponsored SRA Annual Meeting Symposia and Events

1. Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 8:00am – 5:00 pm EST
Workshop #6: JERSG/EASG Environmental Justice and Equity, Human Health Risk Assessment, and Modeling:  A practical workshop for the risk assessment, risk modeling and regulatory communities. 
Risk assessors, risk modelers, regulatory analysts, students, SRA specialty group members, and anyone interested in learning about risk assessment and regulatory analysis as it applies to justice and equity, is invited to participate in the workshop “Environmental Justice and Equity, Human Health Risk Assessment, and Modeling: A Practical Workshop for the Risk Assessor, Risk Modeling and Regulatory Communities.” 
This co-sponsored workshop is a collaboration between the SRA Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG), the SRA Exposure Assessment Group (EASG) and the CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and is designed to provide relevant, practical tools, methods, and discussions to better equip attendees to implement Environmental Justice (EJ) and Justice and Equity (JE) analysis within their risk assessment, modeling, and regulatory analysis workflows. 

This workshop will present a series of five learning modules, each covering one aspect of justice and equity in the field of human health risk assessment: 

  • Module 1: Technical guidance for addressing environmental justice in risk assessments and regulatory analyses (Onyemachi Nweke & Ann Wolverton)
  • Module 2: Risk-based modeling bias (Tim Williams)
  • Module 3: Justice applications pertaining to cumulative risk (Glenn Rice, Lawrence Martin & Andrew Geller)
  • Module 4: CalEnviroScreen (Kelsey Ranjbar & Andrew Slocombe)
  • Module 5: EPA EJSCREEN (Matthew Lee)

The workshop is intended to overview selected topics pertinent to the nexus of justice and equity, modeling, human health risk assessment, and regulatory analysis. Relevant conversations arising from this workshop can be further explored and discussed at the JERSG sponsored “SRA Equity, Justice and Risk Roundtable Discussion” during the 2021 SRA Annual Meeting. 

2. Monday, December 6, 2021 from 10:15 – 11:45 am EST
M11 – Roundtable:  Distributional Equities
The focus of this roundtable is on social science topics related to distributional equities and risk, emphasizing climate, environment, food, and health. Invited panelists will highlight Intersectional Environmentalism, an inclusive term advocating justice, equity, and protection of all peoples and the planet, in all their social, cultural, ecological and economic interconnections.
Environmental and food policies may impose tremendous power and privilege bias without meaningful engagement of vulnerable, marginalized communities or consideration of their worldviews. Paying attention to the practice of Intersectional Environmentalism can minimize or reverse the negative effects of policies and programs addressing climate change, industrialized agriculture and food insecurities, environmental degradation and deforestation, and sustainability that disproportionately affect indigenous peoples and people of color around the globe.
Panelists will discuss broadening the scope and practice of risk analysis, and expanding benefit-cost frameworks to include more discussion of equity and justice. In addition, panelists will discuss data and research gaps, and what additional resources are needed to address these issues going forward.
As one of the inaugural sessions of the newly forming Justice, Equity, and Risk Specialty Group in the Society of Risk Analysis, this session will help connect the risk analysis community with research on Intersectional Environmentalism.
Panelists, Affiliations, and Potential Topics

  1. Michael Mendez, University of CA, Irvine Assistant Professor, Environmental Planning, Policy
    • Author of Climate Change from the Streets; cultural and human dimensions of climate policy, public health, environmental protection, new research on wildfires and farmworkers
  2. Alison Hope Alkon, University of the Pacific Associate Professor, Sociology and Food Studies
    • Author of Cultivating Food Injustice; racial and social inequalities permeate food system; The New Food Activism; sustainability, power of industrial producers and processors, workers
  3. Ioana (Julia) Marasteanu, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    • Accounting for the role of equity in retail food safety policy decision making
  4. Aaron Kearsley, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Distributional analysis in regulatory cost-benefit analysis

3. Monday, December 6, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST
 Justice, Equity and Risk Posters

  • The Resilience of Access to Urban Services:  Hazard, vulnerability, recovery & equity
  • (Mitchell Anderson)
  • Assessment of Dioxin Exposure Produced by Burning Garbage in Rural Areas of the U.S. (Emmanuel Gonzalez Figueroa)
  • Experienced and anticipated harm from drinking water: findings from nationally representative surveys in 142 countries (Joshua Miller)
  • Assessment of PAHs, and dioxins of specific waste types burns using a sampling chamber (Emmanuel Gonzalez Figueroa)

4. Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:50 am EST
T21 – Symposium: Neighborhood Level Inequity in Exposure to Risks and Access to Resources
Neighborhood level inequity in exposure to risks and access to resources
Session description:
This session will focus on neighborhood level inequity in exposure to risks and access to resources. Session topics will include the development of spatially distributed inequity through political and discriminatory mechanisms, consequences and expressions of these inequities, case studies, and efforts to move toward a more just distribution of risks and resources. As one of the inaugural sessions of the Justice, Equity, and Risk Specialty Group in the Society of Risk Analysis, this session will help connect the risk analysis community with topics of environmental justice, environmental racism, and the inequities of risk distribution.

  • Jill Johnston, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, “Collaborating with communities for environmental justice:  The case of oil in Los Angeles”
  • Michelle Del Rio, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Water and sanitation infrastructure matters in addressing inequities in the U.S./Mexico border region”
  • Brandon Hunter, Center for Rural Enterprise & Environmental Justice, Columbia University
  • Phil Warsaw, Michigan State Univ., Dept of Community Sustainability,” Studying the past to understand the present: residential segregation and healthy food Access in the Rust Belt”

5. Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 9:00 -10:00 am EST
Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) Business Meeting

  •  JERSG activity updates
  • Discuss results of poll to identify a cross-cutting justice, equity, and risk focused project theme for SRA specialty groups. 
  • Student award
  • Elections

6.  Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST
W60 – Roundtable:  How to identify, coordinate and incorporate justice and equity into our risk-related research and work
This panel, sponsored by the Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group, will be held Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST.  This roundtable convenes diverse experts including select SRA specialty group chairs to explore how justice and equity can be incorporated into risk research. Panelists will discuss:

  • What questions should we ask to address JE in risk analysis?
  • How SRA can address JE concerning risk disparities experienced by specific population groups and the sources of those disparities?
  • How do we identify and share data that are available to inform JE and risk analysis?  What are the key data issues and needs in this area?
  • What role does JE play in addressing chemical mixture, dose-response, cumulative risk, and other risk-related challenges?

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Levy Sc.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health; research expertise includes quantitative methods to characterize exposure and health risk inequality.
  • Lisa A. Robinson, MPP., Deputy Director, Center for Health Decision Science, Center for Health Decision Science and Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; SRA Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group
  • Patricia Larkin, Ph.D., Associate Expert at Risk Sciences International; SRA Applied Risk Management Specialty Group
  • Scott S. Auerbach, Ph.D., is a Molecular Toxicologist in the Toxicoinformatics Group within the Biomolecular Screening Branch of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Division; SRA Dose-Response Specialty Group
  • Tony Cox, Ph.D. in Risk Analysis from MIT with expertise in risk analysis, operations research, artificial intelligence, game theory, and statistics; SRA Foundational Issues in Risk Analysis Specialty Group
  • Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, Ph.D., Spelman College, co-founded the Atlanta Earth Tomorrow® Program, National Wildlife Federation’s multi-cultural, youth environmental education and leadership development program that engages urban youth in investigating causes of environmental challenges, and fostering youth community leadership. 

7. Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST
TH83 – Justice, Equity, Risk and Vulnerability Part I

  • Fair strategies to tackle unfair risks? Justice considerations in flood risk management (Mathilde de Goër de Herve)
  • Mapping the linkages of Climate Change Impacts with Risk and Vulnerability for Planning Adaptation in Himalayas – A Case of Jammu and Kashmir, India (Majid Farooq)
  • Gendered Norms, Perceptions and Adaptations to Climate Change Risk in Africa (Sudha Kannan)
  • A Fairness-based Optimization Model for Improved Transportation Resilience in Communities under Tsunami Hazard (Rasha Jnad)

8.  Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST
TH93 – Justice, Equity, Risk and Vulnerability Part II

  • Identifying Community and Household Vulnerability to Storm Impacts and Climate Stressors for Developing Adaptation Guidance (Diane Henshel)
  • On equity in simulation modeling (Tim Williams)
  • Regulating poverty: a critical discourse study of media reporting on “energy elite” (Minglei Zhang)
  • Updates to the Risk Assessment Process for Emerging Chemicals to Address Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Supply Chain Vulnerabilities (Andrew Rak)

IV. 2021 Student & Young Professional Merit Award Winner

The Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) leadership and members are proud to announce Mathilde de Goër de Herve as the 2021 SRA Student Merit Award winner for her abstract regarding justice and flood management research.  She will be presenting this research Fair strategies to tackle unfair risks? Justice considerations in flood risk management on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST during session TH83 – Justice, Equity, Risk and Vulnerability Part I.
The award will be presented to Mathilde during the JERSG business meeting on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 9:00 -10:00 am EST.

V. Bylaws


  1. Purpose

The Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) provides a forum for SRA members interested in

  • Identifying disparities in risks experienced by specific subpopulations and sources of those disparities 
  • Informing the scientific community about issues related to justice and equity in the distribution of risks
  • Collaborating to empower other SRA members to further address justice and equity concerns within their purview
  • Discussing and recommending approaches to address and/or mitigate disparities in exposure to risk

II. Members of the JERSG

Members shall consist of all people with an interest in justice and equity matters pertaining to risk who indicate a desire to be members by submitting their names to the JERSG Chair, and who pay the annual dues to the Society for Risk Analysis. It is the option of the JERSG Executive Committee to request dues for membership to the JERSG. Payment of annual dues to the specialty group is required only for officers and voting members.  A waiver of dues can be requested to the JERSG Executive Committee based on financial need.  Documentation to support a claim of financial need is not necessary to grant such a request.

III. Meetings of Members

Annual meetings of the JERSG will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis. Announcements of the annual meetings will be included in the printed program of the Society.

IV. Government of the JERSG

  1. Four officers will comprise an executive committee to govern the JERSG: Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer; and a Young Professional (Graduate Student/Postdoctoral/Early Career) Representative.
  1. The duties of these officers are:

Chair: Chair an Annual JERSG Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, work with SRA officials to organize JERSG meetings or panels, take other actions requested by the JERSG’s Officers or that are in the interest of the JERSG, and consult the SRA Specialty Group Guidance. Coordinate and encourage development of symposia for the annual meeting and solicit and track ideas for presentations at open teleconferences or other activities of the group. The Chair assists with new Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer transitions.  

Vice-Chair: Coordinates and administers the yearly student award program. This should include publicizing the award program, collecting submissions, forming and chairing a committee to select the winners, informing the winners, and distributing the awards. The Vice-Chair may stand in for the president at a meeting should the president be unavailable. After completing a one-year term, the Vice-Chair will become Chair for a one-year term.                  

Secretary/Treasurer: Maintain a record of actions of the JERSG meeting and coordinate as appropriate with the SRA Secretariat to arrange JERSG meetings.                                                                                                      Maintain JERSG financial records and communicate relevant information to the JERSG membership.                                                                                                       

Young Professional (Graduate Student/Postdoctoral/Early Career) Representative: Solicit nominations for the yearly student award program. Serve as a conduit for input to the Executive Committee on issues of interest to young professionals, graduate students, and postdoctoral research associates in risk analysis. To be eligible, this individual must, at the time of nomination, be either (a) enrolled in a post-baccalaureate Master’s or Doctoral degree program relevant to risk analysis (in the case of a Graduate Student) or (b) employed in a non-tenure track, temporary position (such as a postdoctoral research associate) within 3 years of receiving his/her PhD. This person may be nominated for a second term if they are still eligible. 

JERSG Executive Committee: Fill vacancies in any office including its own membership until the next election; nominate candidates for officer positions and solicit nominations from the membership; propose amendments to these bylaws or receive petitions for changes in the bylaws; make decisions and recommendations for any other business of the JERSG; encourage and promote the advancement of issues related to environmental justice; establish liaisons where appropriate with other societies and groups engaged in similar or related activities; and interpret these bylaws. Liaisons with other societies or groups will be members of the JERSG Executive Committee or appointees of the Executive Committee. Executive Committee member will consult the SRA Specialty Group Guidance regarding any changes in bylaws or operating procedures. 

  1. JERSG Elections

CI. Notice of Elections and Nominations: 

On or around October 1, JERSG officers shall communicate to the membership that nominations are being accepted for officers to be voted on at the December Annual Meeting. JERSG Officers may choose to inform JERSG members of the nominations through the RISK Newsletter or other means. Elections are held for Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Young Professional (Graduate Student/Post-Doctoral/Early Career) Representative.  The position Chair is automatically filled by the Vice-Chair at the end of the Chair’s term. Nominations are accepted up to and including the time of the JERSG meeting at the SRA Annual Meeting.

CII. Election Process: 

Election of officers at the JERSG Meeting shall be by confidential ballot, with the elected officers taking office at the conclusion of the SRA Annual Meeting. Officers shall be elected by a plurality vote. In the case of a tie, the winner will be chosen by drawing lots. 

  1. If there is only one nominee for any position, the Chair may move to accept said nominee without formal balloting. If any JERSG member present at the meeting objects, the election shall proceed in the usual way, i.e., by confidential ballot.
  1. If no nominations for the position of Chair are made, the Executive Committee, at its discretion, will (1) appoint one of the Officers to this position for a term ending at the next annual business meeting of the JERSG or (2) appoint another JERSG member to the position of rotational Chair for that year.
  1. If no nominations for Secretary/Treasurer or Young Professional Representative are made, the vacant position will be appointed by the Executive Committee (1) from the Officers or (2) if no Officer is willing to accept the vacant position, then from the JERSG general membership, for a term ending at the next annual business meeting of the JERSG.
  1. Question or conflicts regarding any election shall be settled by the Executive Committee.
  1. In the event that an officer is unable or unwilling to complete their term of office, the Executive Committee may fill the vacancy with an individual of their choosing on an interim basis until the next election, at which time a replacement (possibly the individual selected for the interim) will be elected to fill the remaining term of the officer.
  1. The terms of office for JERSG Officers are:

Chair: 1 year. 

Vice Chair: 1 year, after which she or he succeeds to Chair

Secretary/Treasurer: 1 year.

Young Professional (Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Representative/Early Career) Representative: 1 year. 

V. Amendments to the Bylaws

Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed at any time by the Executive Committee or by petition containing signatures of 25% of paid JERSG members (including any who have received waivers of membership dues), or by majority vote of the participants at the annual JERSG Business Meeting. Amendments to these bylaws may be enacted by either (1) a majority vote of responding JERSG members via email or standard mail or (2) a majority vote of JERSG members attending the annual JERSG business meeting. The intent of these rules is to allow changes to bylaws to occur at the annual business meeting, immediately following a proposal to change the bylaws at the same meeting, as well as at times other than the annual meeting, where necessary. Although the rules allow for the proposal and enactment of changes at the annual meeting, the Executive Committee is encouraged to provide at least 30 days of notice to the membership of its intent to enact changes to the bylaws at the annual meeting. 

VI. Implementation of Bylaws

These bylaws will initially take effect when approved by the SRA Council.  Subsequent amendments will take effect as described in Section V.