EPSRC/ESRC/NERC/Defra Collaborative Centre of Excellence in Understanding and Managing Natural and Environmental Risks (the 'Risk Centre')

Lead Research Organisation: Cranfield University
Department Name: Sch of Applied Sciences

Abstract

Defra shares its risk management responsibilities with its stakeholders, regulated communities, with its partner departments and with citizens. Policies need to be evidence-based and risk-informed so that prioritised, high quality and implementable decisions can be made that have the confidence of stakeholders. For policy makers, risk management must be practical and founded on cutting edge science.The EPSRC/ESRC/NERC/Defra Collaborative Centre of Excellence in Understanding and Managing Natural and Environmental Risks (the 'Risk Centre') will deliver practical research, tools and advice to Defra, whilst progressing a world-leading research agenda in risk science. Its role is to facilitate the provision of world-leading knowledge, understanding and managing of risk to provide an evidence base to inform policy development by Defra and other policy makers . To be cutting edge, the Risk Centre will: (1) lead the development of quantitative risk science; (2) generate new understanding about the societal response to risk and issues of governance; (3) create a fusion of academic and policy practice; (4) develop expertise within the research and Defra communities; and (5) be an authoritative source of risk expertise, especially on floods, radioactive waste, animal and plant disease, air quality and climate change. An overarching requirement is help Defra better explain its motives and actions to its stakeholders and so an important aspect of the Risk Centre's work will also be in communicating messages on environmental safety in accessible language.

Publications

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Delgado J (2013) A systems approach to the policy-level risk assessment of exotic animal diseases: network model and application to classical swine fever. in Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis

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Gormley A (2013) Impact Assessment of an Independent Agency for Animal Health in England in Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal

 
Description Cranfield's 'Risk Centre' was established in 2008 following a national research competition let by Defra, ESRC, EPSRC and NERC. The Centre is fast becoming an authority on the analysis, management, communication and handling of environmental risk. It has a unique proximity to policy development through its relationship with Defra, deep experience of securing impact in policy settings and a distinctive position in the national landscape of environmental risk research. Since 2008, we have published numerous papers, conference papers, book chapters, expert reports and have delivered presentations (see attachment to this final report). We have chaired sessions at Society for Risk Analysis conferences and our scholarship has been praised by the Centre's advisory board (chaired by Prof. Mitch Small, Carnegie Mellon, Editor ES&T) and Defra's Science Advisory Council. We have advised Defra's ministerial Board on strategic risk appraisal and re-energised the environmental risk community within government (EA, Fera, Cefas and VLA) through publication of revised Government guidelines on environmental risk management. We have established or progressed partnerships with LSE (Soane) on the psychology of risk and with Nottingham (Kendall) on agent-based decision-making . Internationally, we collaborate with U Alberta (Hrudey), Flinders (Cromar) and with U South Australia (Naidu).
The Centre has secured >£2m additional research income in 2 years and added 6 new PhDs to the Centre, supported by industry and Government. As a result, our activities have received significant support through investments in staff, studentships and facilities and this proposal is aligned with Cranfield University's Strategic Plan to 2015.
Exploitation Route The Risk Centre's international board, chaired by Prof. Mitch Small of Carnegie Mellon commented: "The Centre is now at the stage where it should begin to benchmark its program and accomplishments against other risk research centers in the UK, Europe, North America, and elsewhere. The Cranfield Risk Centre may be unique in the extent to which it attempts to blend academic excellence with substantive impact on a governmental risk management agency. The benchmarking exercise should help to determine the extent to which this is true. The Centre should also affiliate with multinational consortia of units conducting related education, research, and decision-support functions. The International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) in Geneva is currently organizing such a consortium (see: http://www.irgc.org/)."
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport

URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/69450/pb13670-green-leaves-iii-1111071.pdf
 
Description Cranfield's 'Risk Centre' was established in 2008 following a national research competition let by Defra, ESRC, EPSRC and NERC. The Centre is fast becoming an authority on the analysis, management, communication and handling of environmental risk. It has a unique proximity to policy development through its relationship with Defra, deep experience of securing impact in policy settings and a distinctive position in the national landscape of environmental risk research. Since 2008, we have published numerous papers, conference papers, book chapters, expert reports and have delivered presentations (see attachment to this final report). We have chaired sessions at Society for Risk Analysis conferences and our scholarship has been praised by the Centre's advisory board (chaired by Prof. Mitch Small, Carnegie Mellon, Editor ES&T) and Defra's Science Advisory Council. We have advised Defra's ministerial Board on strategic risk appraisal and re-energised the environmental risk community within government (EA, Fera, Cefas and VLA) through publication of revised Government guidelines on environmental risk management. We have established or progressed partnerships with LSE (Soane) on the psychology of risk and with Nottingham (Kendall) on agent-based decision-making . Internationally, we collaborate with U Alberta (Hrudey), Flinders (Cromar) and with U South Australia (Naidu). The Centre has secured >£2m additional research income in 2 years and added 6 new PhDs to the Centre, supported by industry and Government. As a result, our activities have received significant support through investments in staff, studentships and facilities and this proposal is aligned with Cranfield University's Strategic Plan to 2015.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Environment
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description "Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills"
Amount £77,700 (GBP)
Funding ID Risk and responsbilty (Economics) 
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2010 
End 12/2010
 
Description AWWARF
Amount £104,000 (GBP)
Funding ID TC3184 
Organisation Water Research Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 04/2010 
End 09/2012
 
Description Dept for Env Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA
Amount £153,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Adaptation reporting power 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2009 
End 11/2011
 
Description Dept for Env Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA
Amount £1,800,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Evidence programme 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2011 
End 03/2014
 
Description Dept for Env Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Better regulation team 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2010 
End 12/2013
 
Description Dept for Env Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA
Amount £153,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Adaptation reporting power 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2009 
End 11/2011
 
Description Dept for Env Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Better regulation team 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2010 
End 12/2013
 
Description Dept for Env Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA
Amount £1,800,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Evidence programme 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2011 
End 03/2014
 
Description E.On
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Mauelshagen PhD top up 
Organisation E ON 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 09/2009 
End 09/2010
 
Description E.On
Amount £11,328 (GBP)
Funding ID Risk governance 
Organisation E ON 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 09/2008 
End 09/2011
 
Description E.On
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Mauelshagen PhD top up 
Organisation E ON 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 09/2009 
End 10/2012
 
Description EPAL
Amount £38,250 (GBP)
Funding ID Ana Luis Margarida (PhD) 
Organisation EPAL (Portuguese water utility) 
Sector Public
Country Portugal
Start 01/2010 
End 09/2014
 
Description Environment Agency (Grouped)
Amount £48,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Regulation 
Organisation Environment Agency 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 02/2010
 
Description Environment Agency (Grouped)
Amount £48,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Regulation 
Organisation Environment Agency 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 10/2012
 
Description LARCI
Amount £40,100 (GBP)
Funding ID Risk 
Organisation Research Councils UK (RCUK) 
Department Local Authorities and Research Councils Initiative
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2010 
End 04/2011