Our course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, assess, manage and communicate environmental risk and uncertainty. Principles of risk management will be covered and contextualised via examples from industry and applied research. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge about risk in decision simulation tackling a real world environmental problem. Read more Read less

Risk and Uncertainty underpin environmental science, particularly where data are used for policy formulation, however understanding about risk and uncertainty can be limited by the fact that risk does not belong to a specific conventional academic discipline. Our course will address this gap in knowledge and will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, assess, manage and communicate environmental risk and uncertainty.

This course is being delivered as part of The Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Advanced Training Short Courses (ATSC) program (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/advanced/atsc/course-list2016-17/).

At a glance

  • Duration4 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • CostCosts for PhD students and early career researchers are covered by the NERC ATSC. This includes transport, room, and board.

Course structure

This is a four day course. Students will be provided with residence, meals, and transport to and from the University as part of the NERC ATSC program. The course will commence with and introductory session and networking dinner, followed by four days training. A formal dinner and networking event will conclude the short-course. Format of delivery will include lectures, case studies, guest lectures from industry, and exercises.

Core content

Principles of risk assessment: Problem formulation (hazard identification, source-pathway-receptor models). 

Risk analysis: Risk characterisation, dealing with uncertainty (uncertainty factors, probability density functions), consequence assessment, and probability assessment. 

Risk and uncertainty management: Understanding and measuring uncertainty, appraising management options, understanding the principles of risk management, cumulative and complex risks.

Risk Communication: risk visualisation, use of Big Data and environmental decision-making, multi-dimensional considerations of decisions, stakeholder and public engagement, risk perception.

Who should attend

The course is aimed at PhD students and early career researchers. Preference will be given to those who are funded by NERC.


George Prpich

Simon Jude

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation for this course will be provided by the Cranfield Management Development Centre (CMDC)

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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