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Unruly pathogens: eliciting values for environmental risk in the context of heterogeneous expert knowledge

Fish, R, Winter, M., Oliver, D.M., Chadwick, D., Selfa, T., Heathwaite, A.L., Hodgson, C. (2009) Unruly pathogens: eliciting values for environmental risk in the context of heterogeneous expert knowledge. Environmental Science and Policy, 12 (3). pp. 281-296. ISSN 1462-9011. (doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2009.02.002) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper examines some of the theoretical and methodological issues arising from the process of conceptualising and eliciting values for environmental risk in the context of heterogeneous expert knowledge. Drawing on the experience of a recent research project examining the relationship between livestock farming systems and microbial watercourse pollution the paper reflects critically upon efforts to develop an interdisciplinary assessment of the factors that may affect the loss of potential pathogens from agricultural land to water courses as the basis for targeting high risk fields and farms. The paper describes the procedures for designing the natural and cultural parameters that surround microbial risks and the issues that are raised for making whole system assessments workable based on contrasting and unstable systems of disciplinary insight. Situated within claims about the need for generating reliable and widely applicable assessments of environmental risk the paper suggests that interdisciplinary working raises important issues about the role of 'uncertain' knowledge in the management of 'known' risks. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.envsci.2009.02.002
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: AD - Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon EX4 6TL, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Centre for Sustainable Water Management, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - North Wyke Research, Okehampton, Devon EX20 2SB, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, United States [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints] M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Interdisciplinarity, Pathogens, Risk assessment, Uncertainty
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Robert Fish
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 10:44 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:32 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59881 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Fish, R: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7198-0403
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