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Risk Policy and Law

The Risk Policy and Law (RP&L) Specialty Group of the Society for Risk Analysis is a group of scientists, social scientists, lawyers, engineers, and others interested in the interface between risk analysis, public policy, and laws. The RP&L Specialty Group was formerly called the “Risk, Science & Law” Specialty Group; it changed its name in 2006. The group’s goal is to support collaborative research and dialogue to identify and illuminate issues that arise from risk-related legislative acts, regulatory rules, treaties, oversight and review mechanisms, judicial proceedings, and other legal institutions.

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On December 10, 2019, RP&L in collaboration with The National Institute for Risk and Resilience (NIRR) hosted a unique specialty group event during the annual SRA meeting titled: “Science Reporting in a Changing Climate: How Can We Do Better?” at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

This sold-out event was hosted by past RP&L Chair, Dr. Dominic Balog-Way, and current chair, Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, who brought together an exciting panel of expert reporters and SRA academics to discuss science journalism, risk communication, and policymaking including:

  • KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS, Climate Reporter, The New York Times
  • FRANK SESNO, Director of George Washington School of Media and Public Affairs and Creator of
  • NICK PIDGEON, Professor of Environmental Psychology and Director of the Understanding Risk Research Group, Cardiff University
  • HANK JENKINS-SMITH, Professor and Director of the National Institute for Risk and Resilience, University of Oklahoma.