On the constructive role of multi-criteria analysis in complex decision-making: An application in radiological emergency management

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In this paper we illustrate the findings from a case study concerning the management of radioactively contaminated milk We show that application of multi-criteria analysis as an iterative process can benefit not only the decision-making process in the crisis management phase, but also the activities associated with planning and preparedness. New areas of investigation (e.g. zoning of affected areas or public acceptance of countermeasures) are tackled in order to gain more insight in the factors contributing to a successful implementation of protective actions and the stakeholders’ values coming into play. We follow the structured approach of multi-criteria analysis and we point out some practical implications for the decision-making process.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications
Place of PublicationBoca Raton, Florida, United States
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008
EventESREL 2008 and 17th SRA Europe conference - Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Duration: 22 Sep 200825 Sep 2008


ConferenceESREL 2008 and 17th SRA Europe conference


  • multi-criteria analysis, milk contamination, decision-making

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