Risk communication is one of the most important challenges of emergency management. Past nuclear accidents have shown that bad communication practices can result in huge consequences to society and loss of human lives. Despite vast amount of research on the topic of risk communication, in practice it is still often limited to simply educating the public about risks.
PhD candidate Yevgeniya Tomkiv has examined what happens when nuclear emergencies happen, and how media, practitioners and the public respond.
“My aim has been to offer a more holistic understanding of the risk communication in emergency preparedness that emphasizes the relationships between the key actors,” she says.
Yevgeniya has successfully defended her thesis "Risk communication in nuclear emergency preparedness: Embracing the complexity" on June 12th 2019. The title of her trial lecture was "The relationship between social scientific research and policy/practice in the field of nuclear risk communication"
First opponent: Professor Alan Irwin, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Second opponent: Dr. Ciara McMahon, Environmental Protection Authority, Ireland
Committee coordinator: Dr. Dag Anders Brede, MINA, NMBU
Main supervisor: Professor Deborah H. Oughton, MINA, NMBU
Professor Brian Wynne, University of Lancaster, UK
Dr. Tanja Perko, Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK-CEN), Belgium
The doctoral thesis is available for public review at the NMBU library
Thesis number 2019:39