Research and analysis

Participatory risk assessment: involving lay audiences in decisions on environmental risk

informs the Environment Agency’s developing approach to the practical involvement of non specialist stakeholders (lay audiences) in environmental risk assessment work.



The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the Environment Agency and the Medical Research Council Institute for Environment and Health published revised departmental Guidelines for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management in July 2000. This guidance, which sets out an overarching philosophy and framework for environmental risk management in England and Wales, signals a desire for risk practitioners to consider stakeholder involvement in decisions on risk. The Environment Agency therefore initiated this research in order to explore in detail the practicalities of this shift in approach.