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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