chapter  18
Science, knowledge and uncertainty in EU risk regulation
ByMARJOLEIN B.A. VAN ASSELT, ELLEN VOS AND BRAM ROOIJACKERS
Pages 30

The sociologist Beck (Beck 1986; 1997) is famous and much cited for his convincing appeal for critical reflection on the modern risk society.1 A key question that can be derived from his agenda-setting critique and provoking notion of ‘organised irresponsibility’ is one of how to deal responsibly with situations in which there are suspicions that hazards may exist, although (sufficient) scientific or historical evidence for them is lacking, ie situations entailing ‘uncertain risks’. This question has acted as a stimulus for an extensive interdisciplinary research agenda, which has only just begun to be defined.