The perception of risk : a summary of studies and how they pertain to the future of nuclear energy
Author(s)Waits, Christopher Russell
Summary of studies and how they pertain to the future of nuclear energy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
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One of the most interesting aspects of nuclear power is the perceived risk that the public infers from its existence. This paper explores the public's response to risk in general and specifically to nuclear power by reviewing behavioral studies examining how risk is perceived. The paper also discusses important themes relevant to nuclear power and risk perception, including trust, stigma, the difference between experts and the public, and ways of informing and educating the public. The current political status of nuclear power is discussed by examining the roles and opinions of three groups dealing with nuclear energy: 1) the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2) the nuclear energy industry, and 3) experts in the field of nuclear power and environmentalists who are concerned with the subject. Finally, conclusions are drawn based on the research into the public's perception of risk and the current status of nuclear energy in order to develop suggestions that may aide in the development of nuclear technology and a resurgence of nuclear power, while addressing the public's concerns and furthering the public's understanding of nuclear technology.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering, 2007."June 2007."Includes bibliographical references (p. 57-58).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nuclear Science and Engineering.