Social, ethical and communication aspects of uncertainty management

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


  • Catrinel Turcanu
  • Tanja Perko
  • Stéphane Baudé
  • Gilles Hériard Dubreuil
  • Nadja Zeleznik
  • Deborah Oughton
  • Yevgeniya Tomkiv
  • Roser Sala
  • Cristian Oltra
  • Vassiliki Tafili
  • Ludger Benighaus
  • Mélanie Maître
  • Thierry Schneider
  • Pascal Croüail
  • Tatiana Duranova
  • Isabel Flausino Paiva

Institutes & Expert groups

  • CEPN - Centre d’étude sur l’Evaluation de la Protection dans le domaine Nucléaire
  • EIMV - Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute
  • NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • CIEMAT - Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
  • EEAE – Greek Atomic Energy Commission
  • DIALOGIK - non-profit institute for communication and cooperation research
  • VUJE - Department of Safety Alalysis
  • IST - Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa

Documents & links



The European project CONFIDENCE identified, conceptualised and addressed social uncertainties through a multi-method research approach. The research highlighted the uncertainties faced by publics, emergency management actors and decision-makers in nuclear emergencies and during the recovery phase. It showed that nuclear emergency management is dominated by decisions under uncertainties, that non-experts face also different uncertainties than experts, that emergency plans need a (continuous) reality check and that sound communication, openness and transparency about uncertainties may contribute to better decisions. It also suggests that national emergency response and recovery policies should consider and support the capacity of local actors to deal with an emergency or post-accident situation, for instance by carrying out their own measurements. This way, social uncertainties can be addressed and in some situations reduced, and the communication improved.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2020024
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • Social uncertainties, Decisions, Citizens, Emergency management actors, Local actors, CONFIDENCE

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