NORM management through a social lens

Catrinel Turcanu, Melisa Murić, Popic Jelena Mrdakovic, Nadja Zeleznik

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Effective management of sites and exposures involving NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) is as much a societal, as it is a technical challenge. Social studies on NORM can bring valuable contributions to inclusive and effective risk management, as they inform about residents’ and other stakeholders’ perceptions and interpretations of risk; their values, concerns, expectations or demands; and the complex relationships between social, economic and environmental dimensions. The paper discusses a number of insights derived from social-scientific research addressing societal challenges related to NORM, highlighting a number of interconnected key elements: risk perceptions, communication and transparency, trust, stakeholder involvement, socio-technical approaches, social justice, community values, knowledge, health perceptions and health behaviors
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNaturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM X)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of an international symposium held in Utrecht,The Netherlands, 9-13 May 2022
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherIAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 9 May 2022
Event2022 - Norm X - Jaarbeurs, Utrecht
Duration: 9 May 202213 May 2022


Other2022 - Norm X
Abbreviated title2022 - NormX - RICOMET
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