Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Global Futures: Uncertainty, Displacement, Security

Risk Studies Reading List: Environmental Risk

This list compiles works that address the ways in which environmental risks are perceived in ordinary, everyday life. The works on this list are particularly concerned with the extent to which human health risks are understood as being connected to larger environmental risks. This list is thus interested in the ways that traces of the “slow violence” of environmental deterioration manifest in everyday, human life.

Böhm, G. (2003). Emotional reactions to environmental risks: Consequentialist versus ethical evaluation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 23(2), 199-212.

Böhm, G., & Pfister, H. R. (2000). Action tendencies and characteristics of environmental risks. Acta Psychologica, 104(3), 317-337.

Keller, C., Bostrom, A., Kuttschreuter, M., Savadori, L., Spence, A., & White, M. (2012). Bringing appraisal theory to environmental risk perception: A review of conceptual approaches of the past 40 years and suggestions for future research. Journal of Risk Research, 15(3), 237-256.

Lash, S., Szerszynski, B., & Wynne, B. (Eds.). (1996). Risk, environment and modernity: Towards a new ecology. London: Sage.

Löfstedt, R. E., & 6, P. (2008). What environmental and technological risk communication research and health risk research can learn from each other. Journal of Risk Research, 11(1-2), 141-167.

McDaniels, T., Axelrod, L. J., & Slovic, P. (1995). Characterizing perception of ecological risk. Risk Analysis, 15(5), 575-588.

McMichael, A. J., Campbell-Lendrum, D. H., Corvalán, C. F., Ebi, K. L., Githeko, A., Scheraga, J. D., & Woodward, A. (2003). Climate change and human health: Risks and responses. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Munton, R. (2003). Deliberative democracy and environmental decision-making. Negotiating environmental change: New perspectives from social science, 109-136.

Peters, R. G., Covello, V. T., & McCallum, D. B. (1997). The determinants of trust and credibility in environmental risk communication: An empirical study. Risk Analysis, 17(1), 43-54.

Schahn, J., & Holzer, E. (1990). Studies of individual environmental concern: The role of knowledge, gender, and background variables. Environment and Behavior, 22(6), 767-786.

Van Asselt, M. B., & Renn, O. (2011). Risk governance. Journal of Risk Research, 14(4), 431-449.

Van Der Vegt, R. G. (2018). A literature review on the relationship between risk governance and public engagement in relation to complex environmental issues. Journal of Risk Research, 21(11), 1-18.

Wildavsky, A. (1994). But is it true?: On the relationship between knowledge and action in the great environment and safety issues of our time. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


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