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How to Shape Climate Risk Policies After the Paris Agreement? The Importance of Perceptions as a Driver for Climate Risk Management

Máñez Costa, María; Shreve, Cheney; Carmona, María

Risk perception research has played an influential role in supporting risk management and

risk communication policy. Risk perception studies are popular across a range of disciplines in the social

and natural sciences for a wide range of hazard types. Their results have helped to articulate the complex

individual, relational, structural, and environmental factors influencing people’s behavior. Connections

between individual and collective behaviors and norms impacting global climate change, and conse-

quently, local disaster risk, however, are infrequently included in disaster risk management. This paper

presents results from two diverse and complementary European risk perception studies examining both

natural and anthropogenic hazards. Research gaps and recommendations for developing more compre-

hensive risk management strategies are presented.

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