King’s Centre for Risk Management
King’s College London
K4L.04 King’s Building
London WC2R 2LS
Risk Communication and Transparency in Europe
Professor Ragnar Löfstedt and Dr Henry Rothstein
Dominic’s research is focused on exploring the concept of transparency from a risk communication perspective. In recent times, a wide range of organisations throughout Europe have begun to commit to increased openness and ‘transparency’. This ‘transparency movement’ has received widespread support from both academics and practitioners. Advocates have provided a variety of reasons as to why becoming increasingly transparent and open will be beneficial. Indeed, it would seem strange to argue that organisations should not become more transparent both from a normative and moral standpoint. However, there is very little concrete evidence to either verify or refute the positive claims of advocates. By taking a multi-disciplinary risk communication perspective, that recognises disclosure and transparency as a form of communication, Dominic’s research is exploring the concept, idea and movement in a European setting.
Dominic completed a BA Geography degree (1st Class, Hons.) at King’s, dividing his time between both the physical and human geography subsidiary fields. His undergraduate dissertation (1:1) explored the application of the philosophy of phenomenology to disabled people and has since been nominated for the Royal Geographical Society’s Geography of Health Research Group dissertation prize. He continued his multi-disciplinary academic interest at King’s by earning a MSc in Risk Analysis (Pass with Distinction). His Master’s dissertation (Distinction) focused on the field of risk communication and explored whether research can be usefully cross-fertilised to the topic of patient safety in order to help minimse preventable adverse incidents in hospitals. Dominic’s research interests have led him to write on and gain experience in areas of risk governance, management, communication and assessment including on topics such as transparency, behavioural economics, cybersecurity, food safety, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and emerging risks (e.g. synthetic biology, nanotechnology). He is also an active member and supporter of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).