From precautionary inadequacy to participatory risk management

Anna Garcia Hom, Ramon Moles Plaza, Sergi Fàbregues Feijóo, Rachel Palmén

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This paper examines the case of mobile telephone infrastructure as an example of a contemporary risk defined by a lack of scientific evidence and consensus as regards potential or future harm. This uncertainty has led to recourse to the precautionary principle at the European, national, regional and local level of EMF risk management. Local risk governance of mobile telephone infrastructures in Catalonia can be seen as an example of a socio-technical complex system linked to risk perception which highlights the limitations of the precautionary principle in a scientifically uncertain context. Active participation of stakeholders and the public in risk management arenas is required if current technocratic risk management strategies are to be superseded by transparent processes of decision-making in risk management spheres. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-268
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009


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