The research project “ENhancinG stAkeholder participation in the GovernancE of radiological risks for improved radiation protection and informed decision-making (ENGAGE)”is funded by the “CONCERT-European Joint Programme for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research” under the Horizon 2020. The duration of the project is 24 months (2017-2019) and the budget is 777,442.00 €.
The aim of the ENGAGE project is to improve the governance of radiological risks by strengthening and enhancing stakeholder engagement processes in relation to radiation protection policy and practice; key challenges and opportunities for stakeholder engagement in relation to different ionising radiation exposure situations will be identified and addressed. The project focuses on exposure situations corresponding to major (actual or potential) components of radiation exposures for the general population: i) medical use of ionising radiation, ii) emergency and recovery planning and response; and iii) indoor radon. These situations differ in terms of perception, acceptance and justification of exposure to radiological risk: voluntary vs. involuntary risk, existing vs. planned exposure, medical vs. nuclear energy related risk, natural vs. artificial sources of radioactivity. Moreover the stakeholders involved and the frameworks for engagement are also specific. For these reasons, the project addresses these three types of exposure situations in different subtasks throughout the project, and foresees joint reflections in each of the work packages allowing comparative assessments and the formulation and sharing of additional lessons learned with regard to meaningful differences and similarities of stakeholder engagement approaches.
The innovative aspects of ENGAGE are twofold, relating to both the research needs it addresses and the research methodology employed. To address the research needs the ENGAGE project will:
- a) answer the questions why, when and how are stakeholders engaged in RP issues, by i) analyzing the rationales for stakeholder engagement; ii) clarifying the influencing factors (legal, political, economic, cultural, social, ethical), and iii) examining the participatory models and tools employed (WP1);
- b) develop novel approaches to analysing stakeholder interaction and engagement and, provide guidance for meeting challenges and opportunities identified in response to (a) (WP2);
- c) investigate the processes for enhancing RP culture and their role in facilitating stakeholder engagement in RP, and develop guidelines for building RP culture (WP3);
- d) develop guidelines and build a joint knowledge base for stakeholder engagement in RP (WP1, 2, 3, 4).
EEAE participates in the WP 2,3 and 4.