Towards a strategic research agenda for social sciences and humanities in radiological protection

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


  • Tanja Perko
  • Michiel Van Oudheusden
  • Catrinel Turcanu
  • Christiane Pölzl-Viol
  • Deborah Oughton
  • Caroline Schieber
  • Thierry Schneider
  • Friedo Zolzer
  • Claire Mays
  • Meritxell Martell
  • Stéphane Baudé
  • Ilma Choffel de Witte
  • Ivica Prlic
  • Marie Claire Cantone
  • Sisko Salomaa
  • Tatiana Duranova
  • Sotiris Economides
  • Susan Molyneux-Hodgson

Institutes & Expert groups

  • Bfs - Bundesamt Für Strahlenschutz - Federal Office for Radiation Protection
  • CEPN - Centre d’étude sur l’Evaluation de la Protection dans le domaine Nucléaire
  • USB - University of South Bohemia
  • Institut Symlog
  • Merience - Xarxa Ambientòlegs Emprenedors del COAMB
  • IMROH-IMI - Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health
  • STUK - Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority
  • University of Plymouth
  • NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • IRSN - Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety - Institut Radioprotection Sûreté Nucléaire
  • POLIMI - Politecnico di Milano
  • VUJE - Department of Safety Alalysis
  • EEAE – Greek Atomic Energy Commission

Documents & links



Reflecting a change in funding strategies for European research projects, and a commitment to the idea of responsible research and innovation in radiological protection (RP), a collective of research institutes and universities have developed a prospective Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in radiological protection. This is the first time such a research agenda has been proposed. This paper identifies six research lines of interest and concern: 1) Effects of social, psychological and economic aspects on RP behaviour; 2) Holistic approaches to the governance of radiological risks; 3) Responsible research and innovation in RP; 4) Stakeholder engagement and participatory processes in RP research, development, policy and practice; 5) Risk communication; and 6) RP cultures. These topics were developed through broad stakeholder consultation, in conjunction with activities carried out in the framework of various projects and initiatives (EU H2020 CONCERT programme, the EU FP7 projects OPERRA, PREPARE and EAGLE, the 2015-2018 RICOMET series of conferences, and the 2014 and 2016 International Symposia on Ethics of Environmental Health); as well as through dialogues with members of the European radiation protection research communities. The six research lines open opportunities to integrate a range of key social and ethical considerations into RP, thereby expanding research opportunities and programmes and fostering collaborative approaches to research and innovation


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-782
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Radiological protection
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019


  • ethics, radiological protection, responsible research and innovation, social sciences and humanities, strategic research agenda

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