European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

IV-R15: RGOV
Risk Governance Concepts and Practices

Course code: 136486
Language of instruction: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr. h.c. Ortwin Renn (Universit├Ąt Stuttgart (ZIRIUS)), Prof. Dr. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH)
Assessment: Defined in the module

Short description

The course explains principles of modern risk governance including its main elements as described in the IRGC framework: a) pre-assessment, b) risk appraisal, c) risk characterization and evaluation d) risk management and e-risk communication. Apart from each of the elements (e.g. under "Risk Assessment": hazard identification and estimation, exposure and vulnerability assessment, risk estimation, exposure and social concerns, socio-economic impacts) the examples from industrial practice will be shown and explained. A separate part of the course will be dedicated to the overview of specific methods and techniques (e.g. Delphi), as well as to the tools and instruments facilitating the application by industry, governments and public bodies.


Objectives

At the end of the course the participants are expected to know how to deal with:

  • Pre-Assessment
  • Risk appraisal
  • Risk characterization and evaluation
  • Risk management
  • E-risk communication
  • Specific methods and techniques (e.g. Delphi)

Target Attendees / Participants

The course is dedicated to the wide range of participants, such as:

  • professionals dealing with risk issues on management or operation level
  • individuals with no previous experience in the field of risk management, but willing to extend their knowledge and take up new roles in risk management in their companiesor organization
  • Students of Steinbeis Master of Risk Engineering and Management program and similar programs.

Course Content by Units

Principles of modern risk governance including its main elements (ef. IRGC framework): a-pre-assessment, b-risk appraisal, c-risk characterization and evaluation d-risk management and e-risk communication. Apart from each of the elements (e.g. under "Risk Assessment": hazard identification and estimation, exposure and vulnerability assessment, risk estimation, exposure and social concerns, socio-economic impacts) the examples from industrial practice will be shown and explained. A separate part of the course will be dedicated to the overview of specific methods and techniques (e.g. Delphi), as well as to the tools and instruments facilitating the application by industry, governments and public bodies.

Teaching Methods

The course includes:

  • introductory note explaining aim and structure of the course, and used methodology as well
  • ex cathedra lecturing illustrated by number of examples
  • review of main topics in the end of each lecturing unit
  • preparation for final exam by repetition of all course units and main issues
  • final exam

Literature

Topics (O. Renn): Risk Governance, Emerging Risks, Perception and Communication

 Textbook:

  • Renn, O.: Risk Governance. Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex World. London (Earthscan 2008)

As files:

  • Aven, T. and Renn, O.: The Role of Quantitative Risk Assessments for Characterizing Risk and Uncertainty and Delineating Appropriate Risk Management Options, with Special Emphasis on Terrorism Risk. Risk Analysis, Vol. 29, No. 4 (2009), 587-600.
  • IRGC (International Risk Governance Council): Risk Governance: Towards an Integrative Approach. White Paper No. 1, written by O. Renn with an annex by P. Graham (IRGC: Geneva 2005)
  • IRGC (International Risk Governance Council): Risk Governance: Policy Brief (IRGC: Geneva 2007)
  • IRGC (International Risk Governance Council): Concept Note on Emerging Risks (IRGC: Geneva 2009)
  • OECD: Guidance Document on Risk Communication for Chemical Risk Management. Authors: O. Renn, H. Kastenholz and W. Leiss. Paris (OECD 2002)
  • Radandt S.; Rantanen, J. and Renn, O.: Governance of Occupational Safety and Health and Environmental Risks. In: H.-J. Bischof (Ed.): Risks in Modern Society. Berlin and Heidelberg (Springer 2008), pp. 127-258.
  • Renn, O.: Rätselhafte Wahrnehmung – Wie Menschen Risiken bewerten. TRANSPARENT, Ed. 6 (Dezember 2006), 14-19.
  • Renn, O.: Risk Perception and Communication: Lessons for the Food and Food Packaging Industry. In: Food Additives and Contaminants, 22, No. 10 (October 2005), 1061-1071.
  • Renn, O.: Risk Communication: Insights and Requirements for Designing Successful Communication Programs on Health and Environmental Hazards. In: R.L. Heath and H. Dan O’Hair (eds.): Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication. London (Taylor and Francis 2008), pp. 80-98
  • Renn, O.: Precaution and Ecological Risk. In: S. E. Jörgensen and B.D. Fath (eds.): Human Ecology. Volume 4 of the Encyclopedia of Ecology, 5 Volumes. Oxford (Elsevier 2008), pp. 2909-2916
  • Renn, O.: The Contribution of Different Types of Knowledge Towards Understanding, Sharing and Communicating Risk Concepts, Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies, Vol. 2. No. 2 (2010), 177-195
  • Renn O. and Klinke, A.: Complexity, Uncertainty and Ambiguity in Inclusive Risk Governance. In: T.G. Measham and S. Lockie (eds.): Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management. Collingwood, Australia, (CSIRO Publishing 2012), pp 59-76 


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