IRGC organised an expert workshop on 17th and 18th of September 2012, in Lausanne, inviting authors of case studies, representatives from governments, as well as a few external experts, to discuss on possible guidelines for how to improve risk management of emerging issues by governments and public sector agencies.
The overall expectation from government representatives participating in this project is to analyse real-life experiences and understand what are the hallmarks and drivers that make the difference between risk governance approaches. Based on an analysis of 8 key points for enhancing the capacity of existing ‘risk management framework’ (which were discussed at a scoping meeting in March 2012), the project aims to guide decision-makers (at the level of deputy heads of departments) on how to improve their ‘pro-active’ anticipation of and early response to uncertainty and emerging issues.
Papers (‘case studies’) on six emerging risks (or issues of concern) were made available to participants, with the purpose to highlight, in specific cases, elements of success and failures of risk management, in order to delineate future strategies. Besides the governance regimes, they specifically look at behaviors, incentives and interactions on a cross-organisational basis, which can lead to effective or failed risk management.
A background document has been prepared by Piet Sellke, University of Stuttgart, and IRGC Secretariat, as a comparative analysis along the 8 points mentioned above.
Workshop agenda and presentation
- Welcome by Marie-Valentine Florin, Managing Director IRGC
- Discussion facilitated by Michel Maila, Migem Consulting and IRGC Board Member & Ortwin Renn, University of Stuttgart and Member of IRGC’s Scientific and Technical Council
Questions and answers with authors of the case-studies – possible transferable lessons to other sectors- Illustration of the ‘8 points’
- Combating the risk of antimicrobial resistance in animals for the benefit of human health in Denmark (pdf presentation), Joergen Schlundt, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark
- Risk governance of food supply chains (pdf presentation), Jeroen Warner, Social Sciences Group, Wagening University
- Managing the risk of aging of public infrastructures (pdf presentation), Richard G. Little, Price School of Public Policy, University of South California
- Proactive and adaptive governance of emerging risks related to synthetic biology (pdf presentation), Todd Kuiken, Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars (replacing Kenneth A. Oye, Political Science and Engineering Systems Division, MIT)
- Migration as a policy response to population ageing, George Leeson, Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford
- Interaction of social and economic risk (pdf presentation), Tim Hilger, fprmer Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Panel discussion with external experts
- Simon Pollard (pdf presentation), Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Cranfield University
- Mathieu Trépanier, Tsquared Consulting Partners Inc.
- Marc Saner, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa
- Leena Ilmola, IIASA
- Pierre-Alain Schieb, OECD International Futures Programm
- Wändi Bruine de Bruin (pdf presentation), Centre for Decision Research, Leeds University Business School & Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
- Alex Wittenberg, Oliver Wyman
Discussion with representatives of participating countries
- United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
The workshop report for this project is available here:
Feedback from Workshop Participants
“I would like to thank you for organising such a thought provoking and valuable event. I look forward to the follow up work and we are already considering how best to incorporate the issues discussed over the two days into UK central government risk management practice. I look forward to working with you in the future.” – Steve Treece, HM Treasury, United Kingdom