Broadening and strengthening stakeholder engagement in emergency preparedness, response and recovery

R. Geysmans, N. Zeleznik, B. Abelshausen, T. Duranova, C. Schieber, T. Schneider, P. Crouail, C. Turcanu, L. Liutsko, M. C. Cantone

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This article discusses stakeholder engagement in the field of nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness, response, and recovery (EPR & R). It argues that stakeholder engagement in this field could be broadened - in terms of stakeholders and forms of engagement, and strengthened - in terms of sustainability and impact. Four different dimensions are identified and presented along which this process of broadening and strengthening can occur: (1) the underlying rationales of engagement, (2) top-down and bottom-up engagement, (3) formal and informal engagement, and (4) radiological protection culture. Based on the analysis of these dimensions, a reflection on power and non-participation is provided, and recommendations on stakeholder engagement are formulated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219–225
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

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Reflecting the research conducted within the ENGAGE project, this article proposes ways in which stakeholder engagement in nuclear emergency management can be broadened and strengthened. More specifically, through focusing on four dimensions along which this broadening and strengthening could take place, it argues for a reflection on current guidelines for and practices of stakeholder engagement, and the challenges and opportunities they entail. Overall, this article supports the ENGAGE recommendations, which argue to: 1 broaden the motivation for stakeholder engagement in emergency preparedness, response and recovery, in both prescriptions and practice; 2 broaden the scope of “participation” in emergency preparedness, response and recovery; 3 recognise the role of informal stakeholder engagement in EPR & R; 4 integrate stakeholder engagement in EPR & R plans and policies; 5 establish strategies for continuous, 2-way communication about emergency planning, tailored to specific stakeholders from both local and wider areas; 6 elaborate a strategy to foster the development of radiological protection culture in the preparedness phase. Acknowledgements. The work described in this paper was conducted within the ENGAGE project, which was part of the H2020 CONCERT project. This project received funding from the EURATOM research and training programme 2014–2018 under grant agreement No. 662287. Disclaimer (Art. 29.5 GA). This publication reflects only the author’s view. Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lies entirely with the authors. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences 2020.


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