How understanding the Social Risk in community infrastructure projects can lead to better outcomes for the public
Modern societies are well attuned to risk.
From the financial risks borne by large corporations to the existential risks posed by climate change, from the risks we insure to the health risks we weigh up, the risk is a part of all our lives.
In conversation with Professor Sara Bice, we explore a kind of risk that is ever-present but poorly understood: social risk.
Professor Bice draws on her research with communities impacted by major infrastructure projects, mining, and extractives to explore what social risk is, how we can better identify and mitigate it and why it’s something we should all understand a little bit better.
Sara Bice is Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Futures Scheme Senior Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Australia’s leading public policy school.
Professor Bice is also the Foundation Director, Institute for Infrastructure in Society, where she leads the Next Generation Engagement program, Australia’s largest study into community engagement in infrastructure.
She is a past President of the International Association for Impact Assessment, the world’s leading organization for impact assessment practitioners, researchers, and clients, representing almost 7,000 members in 120 different countries.
Professor Bice is the Professor (Special International Guest) at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing. She is an award-winning author and Associate Editor for Public Administration.