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Plenary 8.1: Global risks - An integrated governance approach
Time: Wednesday, 29/Aug/2012: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Davos
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SESSION CHAIR: Andreas RECHKEMMER - Professor - Chief Science and Policy Advisor - Global Risk Forum GRF Davos - Davos - Switzerland


  • Edgar GRANDE - Professor - Chair - Comparative Policy Analysis - University of Munich / Board Member - Munich Center on Governance - Munich - Germany
  • Carlo JAEGER - Professor for Economy - PIK Potsdam - Potsdam - Germany
  • Sander VAN DER LEEUW - Dean and Professor - School of Sustainability - Arizona State University - Phoenix - USA
  • Michael J. MANFREDO - Professor and Department Head - Human Dimensions of Natural Resources - Colorado State University - Fort Collins CO - USA
  • Diana MANGALAGIU - Associate Professor - Smith School of Enterprise and Environment - University of Oxford - Oxford - United Kingdom / Professor of Strategy - Reims Management School - Reims - France
  • Peijun SHI - Professor - Beijing Normal University - Beijing - China

Supported by Int. Risk Governance Project IRP-P and Global Systems Dynamics and Policy GSDP

Session Abstract

The governance of global systemic risks needs to focus on a community of multiple institutions and disciplines, including natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, policy makers, practitioners and educators from around the world. It ought to be truly integrative, especially in the face of the ever more complex, inter-connected and cascading risks that society faces. The panel will address all of these issues. It will present experiences and case studies from various countries, and will identify new approaches to integrated risk management, with emphasis on good governance. The global risk community must develop and apply innovative tools and methods, including theoretical, mathematical and computational tools as well as enhanced management approaches. These must foster good decision-making processes and practical intervention against global, systemic and complex risks, in order to reduce the effects of large-scale disasters around the globe. Six main themes can be identified for discussion, research and application: the role of social-ecological systems; the role of scenarios, models and modeling; transitions into and out of an emergency state; early warning systems; and the value of paradigms and comparisons among cases.

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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