This master’s thesis explores the risk perception of an accident at chemical installations in comparison with risk perception of an accident at a nuclear installation. The influence of four variables, of which three are sociodemographic, will be investigated; gender, age, level of education and attitudes. The analyses were made with three datasets of the SCK∙CEN Barometer 2009, 2011 and 2013 in SPSS. The most notable finding of this thesis is the fact that the risk perception of nuclear installations two years after the Fukushima accident is significantly higher compared to a few months after the accident. The analyses showed that risk perceptions of chemical installations were not much elevated in 2011, but had risen substantially by 2013 when a significant train accident involving chemicals happend in Belgium. The attitude towards science and technology was not a significant predictor of risk perception in 2009 and 2011 for respectively nuclear installations and chemical installations. Though in 2013, when risk perception was most elevated, the attitude did prove to be a decent predictor of risk perception of chemical and nuclear installations.
|Place of Publication||Leuven, Belgium|
|State||Published - Jun 2015|