New book on innovative risk managment

Posted by pt91 at Apr 27, 2012 04:35 PM |
Reducing risk requires original thinking – that’s the theme of a new publication edited by a Leicester academic.

Innovative Thinking in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management is due to be published next week by Gower and is edited by Dr Simon Bennett from our Institute for Lifelong Learning. Although an academic text, it will be of great value to practitioners in the emergency services, industry and commerce, and to planners and policy makers at national and local government level.

Dr Bennett is the Director of our Civil Safety and Security Unit and has a particular interest in aviation safety, but here he brings together thoughts on a range of issues of civil safety and security.

The book’s contents are:

  • Empowering emergency responders
  • Terrorism and the risk society
  • The emergent nature of risk as a product of 'heterogeneous engineering': a relational analysis of oil and gas industry safety culture
  • The inhuman: risk and the social impact of information and communication technologies
  • Risk as workers' remembered utility in the late-modern economy
  • Aviation and corporate social responsibility
  • Investigating resilience through 'before' and 'after' perspectives on residual risk
  • Managing risks in a climatically dynamic environment: how global climate change presents risks, challenges and opportunities
  • A future for late-modern social forms in Detroit?

The publisher’s blurb states:

Risk is an enduring theme of modern life. It permeates the political, economic and environmental domains. Some risks are unavoidable. Others are not. Innovative Thinking in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management provides ideas and action plans for risk, crisis, and disaster management in a risk society, based on late-modern approaches such as technological citizenship; delegated authority; and exploitation of 'lay' knowledge. Written in an accessible style, with technical terms defined and explained, it offers genuinely original thinking that will be of interest to academics, students, and commentators."

Innovative Thinking in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management is due to be published on 1 May and will be available from the University Bookshop priced at £65.