|From||"Roger Brugge" <email@example.com>|
|Date||Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:58:12 +0000|
Research fellow at the University of Reading Full-time, fixed-term (18 months), Grade 6 (£28,695-£30,434) Despite extensive work on the public understanding of risk in, for example, health sciences, there has to date been relatively little corresponding work for natural hazards. This novel inter-disciplinary project will investigate how to improve the way risk is communicated for a range of natural hazards. The job-holder will be involved in three main strands of research. Firstly they will conduct quantitative and qualitative studies of how three groups understand natural hazard risk information. Initial surveys will assess how well each of the three groups, risk practitioners, their clients and a control group made up of the general public understand natural hazard risk information, as well as differences in the use of the information between the groups. Follow-on controlled studies with small groups of participants will focus on areas of interest revealed by the early work and particular problems in risk communication for natural hazards such as low-probability, high-risk events. The second strand will be to develop new methods to communicate risk to end users for all of the hazards considered. The methods will be developed jointly by the project team, members of the research consortium and industrial project partners. There is a particular need to address two generic methodologies used for risk communication: probability of exceedance (PoE) curves for loss and hazard maps. A final, crucial part of this strand is to assess the ability of the developed methods to communicate the uncertainty appropriately. As shown extensively by MacEachren et al. (2005) many authors have developed or proposed methods for visualizing uncertainty, but there has been little end-user testing of these methods. Finally, throughout the course of the project there will be a number of opportunities to engage with both industrial stakeholders and the general public to start off broader discussion about how risk is communicated and used and the researcher would have a specific remit to be involved in these activities both to promote the science they are doing and develop opportunities for further research. You will have: - PhD or equivalent in Meteorology, Psychology or Information Design - Previous experience of participation in empirical research projects - Ability to carry out and support high quality academic research. - Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis - Strong knowledge of experimental design - Good scientific writing, presentation and communication skills. For more details please see: http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/jobs/about-job-details.aspx?vacancy_id=25860980X3 Or contact: Andrew Charlton-Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>)
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