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Reference Number RES-160-25-0046
Title Gender theories and risk perception: a secondary analysis
Status Completed
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Other nuclear fission) 30%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 75%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 25%;
Principal Investigator Professor (Nicholas ) Pidgeon
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Cardiff University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 February 2006
End Date 30 June 2007
Duration 17 months
Total Grant Value £47,865
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region Wales
Programme ESRC Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor (Nicholas ) Pidgeon , Psychology, Cardiff University (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Prof A (Alan ) Irwin , School of Social Sciences, Brunel University (0.001%)
Prof K (Karen ) Henwood , Social Sciences, Cardiff University (0.001%)
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Abstract A longstanding quantitative finding common to many surveys of public risk perceptions is that women respondents typically report higher levels of concern about environmental and technological hazards (eg climate change, nuclear energy, air pollution) compared to men. Recent research also indicates that this empirical relationship may be more complex than was first thought, in that the observed statistical relationship may be due to some sub-groups within society having much lower risk concernsthan all others. However, the current literature fails to offer adequate theoretical explanations for the observed relationships between gender and risk perceptions. The research will address this deficit of theory through a multi-level investigation and critical synthesis of the ways in which contemporary gender theory, drawn from social psychology and science and technology studies in particular, might account for the observed empirical findings on gender and risk. Methods to be used are a desk study and a secondary qualitative analysis of existing focus group data sets of women and men talking about risk, technology and science. The project outputs will include a theoretical synthesis, recommendations for science communication and public engagement policy, and pointers to future research.
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