RN22 - Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty

RN coordinators:

Anna Olofsson, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden


Adam Burgess, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK



The Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty research network exists to stimulate sociological and interdisciplinary research and debate around how risk and uncertainty are perceived, constructed, managed and/or neglected by social actors, as well as the impact of these responses.

The ESA’s next conference in Prague is an invitation to; engage with how inequalities are produced and reinforced, reflect on the multiple expressions of difference, and renew our sociological imagination(s). As with recent ESA conferences, we are not issuing a call only around these specific themes but welcome papers which explore aspects of risk and uncertainty across a broad range of sociological and inter-disciplinary perspectives. We will develop session themes around submitted papers.

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session or any specific session. Please submit only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

General session

For the general session the main theme of the overall 2013 ESA conference is Inequality, difference and the sociological imagination and we welcome papers which touch on these considerations, which might include ideas such as:

  • Risk, Uncertainty and Inequality
  • Risk and the Multiple Expressions of Difference
  • Risk Governance and Policy-making
  • Risk, Resilience and Responsibilization
  • Globalization, Risk and Uncertainty
  • The Media and Representations of Risks in a Changing World
  • The Future of Risk Theory

However, we also welcome papers across the usual broad spectrum of topics/themes which include: Sense-making of risk; health risks; risk and social policy; risk and crime; professional approaches to risk; biographical risks; risk and emotions; trust; risk management and uncertainty; risk and everyday life; and social theories of risk.

Notes for authors

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline (extended):                                                                                                15th February 2015

Abstract submission platform:                                                                                          www.esa12thconference.eu

If you have further questions on the conference, please visit the conference website. For further information on the Research Network, please visit www.europeansociology.org.