Special Issue "Research about Risk Perception in the Environmental Health Domain"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.
Interests: risk communication; risk perception; environment and health research; health impact assessment; ethics; environmental epidemiology; governance; public participation
Interests: environmental epidemiology; statistics; environment and health research; ethics and philosophy; governance
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Interests: environmental epidemiology; environmental pollution; risk assessment; health impact assessment; hygiene and public health
Research in the environment and health domain is mainly focused on the prevention or limitation of risks to people and biodiversity, using multidisciplinary approaches. Environmental and health research often develops in conflictual contexts from a social and scientific point of view. The knowledge of each of the actors involved can be partial, but, despite this, the results of the research must be usable for making decisions. To pursue these objectives, a broad picture must be taken into account, including the different perspectives of policymakers, citizen, and stakeholders, to reinforce, on the one hand, the validity of research results, and, on the other, the usability of results in decision making all along the governance cycle.
In the environment and health context, the knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and preferences of each of the actors involved are not an element of an outline, but form a part of, and substantially influence, research design, its results, and its uptake. Risk perception is a person’s judgment about a certain risk, influenced by facts, knowledge (lay and scientific), personal preferences, and attitudes (dread, trust, interpretation of uncertainty), individual’s assessments (general and specific), and his/her social role (defined “agency” by sociology disciplines, that is, the possibility/ability to act to change one’s condition). The study of risk perception has become increasingly relevant with the recognition that beliefs, knowledge, values, and attitudes influence not only decisions, but also behaviors, and, directly, the exposure of people to environmental pressures. The role of the social, cultural, and contextual factors that influence risk perception has been investigated by many researchers, who have proposed different interpretative models. The studies on risk perception can use direct measurements, via questionnaires, interviews, or qualitative investigations, and indirect methods, like the hedonic-price evaluation, which economists use to attribute costs to different kinds of “goods”.
We are experiencing an unprecedented crisis at a global level, with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic shaking the foundations of public health governance all over the world, and the lives of billions of people in different ways. The Covid-19 outbreak, which exploded at the beginning of 2020, is being examined by thousands of researchers worldwide, and, being a highly transmittable viral infection, social and environmental conditions of overcrowding and closeness between people and animals are among the causes that led to the outbreak. The global consequences are hardly predictable, but due consideration of risk communication and public perception can be a strong instrument to improve governance processes, to support social dialog and mutual cooperation.
This Special Issue offers an opportunity to publish high-quality interdisciplinary research and reviews on environmental health and risk perception, including research developed in the framework of the COVID-19 viral infection outbreak. We welcome manuscripts specifically focusing on the risk perception evaluation of different stakeholders, on the use of risk perception data for decision making, to support governance or to provide information to nourish research design and dissemination. We will also consider articles tackling the issue of risk perception in the framework of political decision-making, and as a tool to reinforce and fine-tune communication campaigns and awareness-raising activities.
Dr. Liliana Cori
Prof. Fabrizio Bianchi
Dr. Ennio Cadum
Manuscript Submission Information
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- risk perception
- environmental health
- decision making
- risk governance
- risk communication
- stakeholder participation
- risk perception and Covid-19