9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN22 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Open Session III Building I, 2E4

RiskPrint: an exploratory cartography of the spatiality of risks

Our project aims to identify and understand the relationships between risks and spaces in the identification, representation and management of risks. The main objective is to devise new instruments for understanding risks in relation to the land dynamics in which they arise and which they themselves help to alter. Various types of knowledge (scientific, technical and popular) are called upon to play a decisive role in risk and crisis management. Such knowledge is produced during the risk identification process (including definition of the instruments used in that process) as well as in the process of devising preventive measures (town and country planning, the promotion of vigilance). We intend to examine how, during both of these processes, types of knowledge are constructed, consolidated, revised or abandoned in order to updating their performative dimension, i.e. their capacity to influence and transform space. This research program is based upon three studies concerning, respectively, fire risk, flood risk and video surveillance, which have demonstrated the usefulness of studying the various types of knowledge likely to have a spatial impact. This study of what we will call "spatiality of risks" will also lead to the production of a 3D graphic representation, enabling us to see risks on different geographical scales and to get a clearer idea of how these various types of knowledge coexist and interact with one another. This innovative mapping technique will enable us to reveal the connectivity at work in the complex spatiality of risks.