Webinar: Governing climate risks in the face of normative uncertainties

Nieuws - 17 februari 2021

Webinar organized by the programme in Engineering and Policy Analysis (EPA) on Wednesday, February 24th, from 16.00 until 17.00 hrs.


Talking about governing risks, ethical and societal considerations, Behnam Taebi, Jan H. Kwakkel, and Céline Kermisch argue that in addition to scientific and technical uncertainties, we need to also address normative uncertainties of risk decisions. And, they define normative uncertainties as situations where there are different partially morally defensible ‐ but incompatible ‐ options or courses of action, or ones in which there is no fully morally defensible option.

Behnam Taebi and his team present two methods for identifying and dealing with normative uncertainties, namely, the Wide Reflective Equilibrium and adaptive planning. Situations of normative uncertainties have always been and will continue to be present in risk decisions and they have often been dealt with in an implicit manner. The information in this webinar is based on the paper: Taebi, Behnam, Jan H. Kwakkel, and Céline Kermisch. “Governing Climate Risks in the Face of Normative Uncertainties.” WIREs Climate Change 11, no. 5 (2020): e666.

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