Master Lecture: Risk Telling or Risk Listening?
|If we look at COVID-19 or climate change, we see lots of good scientific/analytical/expert evidence presented to the policy community yet policy responses are often somewhat dilatory or dismissive. There are many reasons for this – part is the societal response and a lot about climate change and indeed COVID-19 is about distrust of experts and elites, part is about the narrative being distant in time and space. But if we look at the policy response we need to look at both cognitive biases and political biases. The issue is the presentation of risk in a way that it will be heard, made more complex by the cacophony of different narratives fueled by misinformation. Lessons from science advice and from narratology may inform how best we inform risk listening and take action.|