It is over 40 years since we began to reflect upon risk in a more social than technological and economic fashion, firstly making sense of the gap between expert and public assessment of risks, such as to our health and environment. With fixed certainties of the past eroded and the technological leaps of ‘big data’, ours is truly an age of risk, uncertainty and probability - from Google’s algorithms to the daily management of personal lifestyle risks. Academic reflection and research has kept pace with these dizzying developments but remains an intellectually fragmented field, shaped by professional imperatives and disciplinary boundaries, from risk analysis to regulation and social research. This is the first attempt to draw together and define risk studies, through a definitive collection written by the leading scholars in the field. It will be an indispensable resource for the many scholars, students and professionals engaging with risk but lacking a resource to draw it all together.

chapter |14 pages


ByAdam Burgess

part |66 pages

Basic concepts and development

chapter |10 pages

The experience of ‘risk'

Genealogy and transformations
ByClaude-Olivier Doron

chapter |12 pages


ByRuben Van Coile

chapter |9 pages

Trust and risk

ByPatrick Brown

chapter |15 pages

The reconceptualization of risk

ByTerje Aven

chapter |8 pages

Why risk is recursive and what this entails

ByJerry Busby

part |36 pages

Social approaches to risk

chapter |11 pages

Risk and culture

ByJohn Adams

chapter |15 pages

Risk and theory in Germany

ByWolfgang Bonß, Jens O. Zinn

chapter |8 pages

Governmentality and the analysis of risk

ByPat O’Malley

part |23 pages

Hazard assessment and decision making

part |48 pages

Risk management

chapter |12 pages

Health and safety and the management of risk

ByLaurence N. Ball-King, David J. Ball

chapter |9 pages

Risk management: sociotechnological risks and disasters

ByJean-Christophe Le Coze

chapter |15 pages

Quantitative risk management and its limits

A UK engineering perspective
ByRoger Kemp

chapter |10 pages

Disaster risk management

ByKristian Cedervall Lauta, Michael G. Faure

part |40 pages

Regulation and governance

chapter |13 pages

Risk and regulation

ByAlberto Alemanno

chapter |12 pages

Risk governance

Concept and application to technological risk
ByOrtwin Renn, Andreas Klinke

chapter |13 pages

The evolution of the regulatory state

From the law and policy of antitrust to the politics of precaution
ByGiandomenico Majone

part |44 pages

Key research dimensions

chapter |10 pages

Risk, medicine and health

ByAndy Alaszewski

chapter |11 pages

Risk knowledge(s), crime and law

ByKelly Hannah-Moffat

chapter |10 pages

Risk, social policy, welfare and social work

ByHazel Kemshall

chapter |11 pages

Risk and media studies

ByJohn Tulloch

part |26 pages

International aspects

chapter |7 pages

Global risk

ByJakob Arnoldi

chapter |8 pages

Terrorism, risk and insecurity

Debates, challenges and controversies
ByGabe Mythen

chapter |9 pages

Risk, (in)security and international politics

ByClaudia Aradau

part |57 pages

Emerging areas

chapter |9 pages

Digital risk society

ByDeborah Lupton

chapter |8 pages

Risk and ignorance

ByMatthias Gross

chapter |17 pages

Imagining risk

The visual dimension in risk analysis
ByHermann Mitterhofer, Silvia Jordan

chapter |9 pages

Resilience and risk studies

ByKristian Krieger

chapter |12 pages

Risk taking

ByJens O. Zinn