Risk is an enduring theme of modern life. It permeates the political, economic and environmental domains. Some risks are unavoidable. Others are not. This book 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.
The book deals with issues of civil safety and security. It covers management of socio-technical risks and hazards; environmental risk; social and economic impacts of ICT; and risk perception. In addition it touches upon terrorism; public order; emergency responding; high risk technologies; energy supply; climate change; natural disasters; and employment-related issues-all within a social context that prioritises risk reduction.