HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
How the stories of ordinary people could give them more say over planning decisions

Stories in their own words from men and women directly caught up in debates and controversies over threats from technologies to themselves and their environment are to be recorded and analysed in new research sponsored by the ESRC. This new approach, which pays much more attention to how ordinary people understand risks in the context of their everyday lives, could give them a greater say with planners and policy-makers, according to Professor Nick Pidgeon, who is leading a project team at the University of East Anglia.

The study will concentrate on gathering stories - or narratives - from two contrasting communities in Essex one that has lived for a number of years with a nuclear power station, at Bradwell-on-Sea, and the other close to a major UK airport, at Stansted. Researchers using this 'narrative approach' will explore people's assumptions and values through the stories they tell about their experiences of the risks involved in the place where they live.

Previously, much research of this kind has come from the fields of economics and psychology, trying to assess people's opinions and values through formal questionnaires. But new methods already in use in various types of social sciences research, such as studies of family relationships, produce narratives of people talking in-depth about how a topic forms part of their life-histories.

Now, for the first time, these methods are to be used in an investigation aimed at giving far greater insights into the social, cultural and other factors which lie behind people's attitudes and reactions to technological risks to themselves and to their environment.

It will also be possible to explore various local influences on people's understandings of technological risks, and track how they develop and sustain particular values.

Professor Pidgeon said: "Complex new technologies create uncertainties over their risks, and governments have to be involved in planning and managin
'"/>

Contact: Becky Gammon
becky.gammon@esrc.ac.uk
44-179-341-3122
Economic & Social Research Council
27-Jan-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. The UKs top science stories (Newsline update issue 31)
2. Dyslexic children use nearly five times the brain area to perform an ordinary language task as normal children
3. Brain imaging study may hold clues to onset of schizophrenia in people at high risk
4. Antiretroviral therapy may prevent excess risk of some cancers in people with HIV
5. Malt liquor beers, and the people who drink them, are different
6. UCLA study shows that people drink less alcohol as they age
7. Flu vaccination benefits people of any age with high-risk medical conditions
8. Elderly people cared for by spouse are at greater risk for abuse, Pitt researchers find
9. Older people get the big picture faster, and they are less inhibited
10. Promise of bladder pacemaker for people with spinal cord injury
11. Controversial Atkins Diet may be beneficial for people with epilepsy

Post Your Comments:
(Date:3/1/2015)... (PRWEB) March 01, 2015 Women’s Excellence ... treat Overactive Bladder (OAB) symptoms, such as a strong need ... another type of medication (anticholinergic) does not work well enough ... option that takes another approach to targeting the source of ... on the nerves and bladder muscle, blocking the signals that ...
(Date:3/1/2015)... Ticket Down is a reputable source for ... Soldier Field. Deadheads have been anxiously anticipating this blockbuster ... Dead was formed 50 years ago back in the 60s ... until the untimely death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. ... blues, reggae, rock, bluegrass, folk, space rock and country to ...
(Date:3/1/2015)... Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) March 01, 2015 ... have announced a new transition pack for ... users to add accordion style transitions to any FCPX ... Studios. “We’ve given our users the tools needed to ... FCPX media.” , The user gets many different controls ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... 2015 In a recent episode of ... Game Change Athlete Development Services and Consultancy ... benefits of athlete development and player engagement during and ... challenges that athletes face and how off-field activities are ... Fletcher became involved in athlete development issues while in ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... Morristown, NJ (PRWEB) February 28, 2015 ... Month—is a good time to remind ourselves and ... be ignored, say Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS). , ... (TBI), which account for 75% of TBIs. There ... word concussion may sound benign, but it is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Women's Excellence Now Offers BOTOX For Overactive Bladder Treatment 2Health News:Grateful Dead Tickets at Soldier Field in Chicago: Ticket Down Slashes Grateful Dead Ticket Prices in Chicago at Soldier Field for 4th of July Weekend Celebration 2Health News:Announcing a New Transition Pack from Pixel Film Studios, Transccordion for Final Cut Pro X 2Health News:SCI TV Covers Athlete Development with Duncan Fletcher 2Health News:SCI TV Covers Athlete Development with Duncan Fletcher 3Health News:Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) Focus on National Brain Injury Awareness Month to Educate the General Public on Head Trauma 2Health News:Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) Focus on National Brain Injury Awareness Month to Educate the General Public on Head Trauma 3
(Date:2/27/2015)... Feb. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Covalon Technologies Ltd. (the "Company" ... today announced financial results for its first quarter ended ... months ended December 31, 2014, revenue was $1,336,685. Operating ... $229,820 or $0.02 per share.  Covalon,s ... am very pleased with the significant progress we have ...
(Date:2/27/2015)... Feb. 27, 2015  Uroplasty, Inc. (NASDAQ: UPI ... markets innovative proprietary products to treat voiding dysfunctions, today ... ROTH Conference on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Rob ... , Chief Financial Officer, will present at 4:00 p.m. ... at the conference at the Ritz Carlton in ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... SANTA CLARA, Calif. , Feb. 27, 2015  Finesse ... Finesse Solutions announced the expansion of ... The opening is planned for mid-March and access for ... access from the A-563, and located adjacent to the ... occupied by the Finesse automation engineering team and allow Finesse ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Covalon Announces First Quarter Financial Results 2Covalon Announces First Quarter Financial Results 3Uroplasty to Participate in the 27th Annual ROTH Conference 2New Finesse Office in United Kingdom 2
Cached News: