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Few areas of life in modern societies – from the food we eat, the way we work to the technical products we consume - are untouched by regulatory decision-making informed by claims to knowledge of authority. Recent regulatory disasters, such as the VW emissions cheating scandal, the Smiler fairground ride accidents at Alton Towers and the NHS cyberattack raise again the question whether insufficient knowledge is a reason for regulatory failures. In order to tackle that question we need to understand more about how regulators and regulated organizations actually use knowledge claims also in more mundane, everyday regulatory decision-making. The workshop will explore various aspects of the use of contested ‘evidence’ in regulatory decision-making in relation to environmental governance challenges, such as problematic but necessary mixes of both economic and environmental science ‘evidence’. Areas of regulation discussed are water resource management in the UK, fracking and authorisation of renewable energyprojects.
To register for this free workshop please contact Mireya Toribio Medina by 10 June.