Society and Nuclear Energy: Towards a Better Understanding

While signs of a possible nuclear energy renaissance are visible worldwide, it is highly important to understand better the views of civil society on nuclear technologies, how their risks are perceived, and how to establish effective communication between all stakeholders aiming at enhancing consensus building prior to decision making.

This report is based upon an in-depth analysis of research work and published literature on risk perception and communication , public participation in policy and decision making and the evolution of public opinion on nuclear energy. It will be of interest to policy makers, governmental agencies and industry. Additionally, members of civil society and various stakeholders eager to learn more about social issues related to the development of nuclear energy will find relevant information in this report.

The entire report (233 kb) can be downloaded in one file.

Table of contents


1. Introduction

2. Evolution of society and energy issues

3. Risk perception and communication

4. Public involvement in nuclear decision making

5. Developments in decision-making research

6. Review of public opinion surveys in some member countries

7. Preliminary findings and recommendations

The entire report (233 kb) can be downloaded in one file.