Risk Education for All: Methods & Applications for Developing a Risk-Literate Society

Wed. 3 August 2022 11:00 am

As society is faced with increasingly complex and uncertainty-laden decisions, risk literacy is increasingly becoming a necessity for everyday life. Risk education represents a unique opportunity to address this need from the ground up. A risk education curriculum can be crafted to supplement traditional curriculum standards at various education levels by relying on well-established pedagogical approaches to equip students with the necessary skills for sound decision-making. Here we present a set of modules designed to introduce risk concepts to secondary school students while covering concepts related to regional natural hazards. Furthermore, we discuss the potential applications of risk education for other audiences.


  • Joshua McDuffie – 2nd year Civil Engineering Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University. Joshua recently graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. His interests include community resilience, risk education, and natural hazards adaptation strategies.
  • Janey Camp, Ph.D. – Research Professor at Vanderbilt University in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. Her research is focused on the interactions of nature and man-made systems, risk management, spatial analysis and tools to improve decision support, and K–12 and public education and outreach to prepare for the challenges of the future.