Risk governance through professional expertise: forestry consultants’ handling of uncertainties after a storm disaster
2015 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Howdo forestry consultants provide advice when facing a situation of greatuncertainty? This question serves as the point of departure in analysing how forestryconsultants provide guidance in extreme situations. Three empirical cases areanalysed, all related to a storm that caused the most severe storm damage inSwedish history. The first case concerns how forestry consultants handled theimmediate uncertainties in their advice on how to manage the windthrow. The secondcase concerns how they handled the risks associated with the large-scale timberdepots that resulted from the decision to transport all wind-thrown trees awayfrom the forest. The third case concerns how forestry consultants handleduncertainties regarding the reforestation of the area. Whereas there was discursiveclosure in the two first cases, and the forest owners followed therecommendations made by the forestry consultants, there was no discursiveclosure in the third cased, resulting in the forest owners deciding against theadvice provided by the consultants. In conclusion, this result is explained withreference to the epistemic authority and embodied knowledge of the forestryconsultants.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2015.
risk governance, uncertainty, forestry consultants, storms, climate change
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38762DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2015.1043570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38762DiVA: diva2:764477
FunderMistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research