New publication: Risk frames and multiple ways of knowing: Coping with ambiguity in oil spill risk governance in the Norwegian Barents Sea

New paper on how to cope with ambiguity related to oil spill risks in the Norwegian Barents Sea

As the ice cover in the Artic is melting at an alarming rate, new areas have been opened for petroleum industry in the Norwegian Barents Sea. However, the risks related to the petroleum operations in the vulnerable environment are complex and characterized by high levels of ambiguity, i.e. different perceptions and understandings of risks.

With the use of influence diagram based mental modelling approach, we investigate the multiple ways in which oil spill risks are framed in the Norwegian Barents Sea.

Our study demonstrates, that the risk governance perceptions are markedly different between the different stakeholders. The study indicates that new ways to better integrate risk frames and multiple ways of knowing are needed in risk governance processes.

The paper was published as part of CEARCTIC (Lloyd’s Register Foundation) (https://www.aalto.fi/en/joint-research-centre-of-excellence-for-arctic-shipping-and-operations)

Read the full open access paper here:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S146290111930022X