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From: Sharlynn Sweeney [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:07 PM
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Subject: W3 Seminar Wed. 11:45 - Predicting risk perceptions of expert stakeholders in a Florida water supply planning process

Please join us for the Water, Wetlands and Watersheds Seminar, this Wednesday, Oct 12, 11:45-12:30 at the Phelps Lab.

Predicting risk perceptions of expert stakeholders in a Florida water supply planning process
Christine Overdevest
Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
University of Florida
http://soccrim.clas.ufl.edu/directory/overdevest.html

Abstract:
There have been important recent advances in cultural cognition theory, a theory of the cultural rootedness of risk perception. However, to date, research on cultural cognition has focused only on general public samples, not participants in collaborative processes. This paper compares the efficacy of cultural cognition theory to other social antecedents of risk perception among a sample of expert stakeholders participating in a collaborative watershed planning process. The paper (1) improves our methodological understanding of the predictive validity of competing socio-cultural antecedents of risk for participants in a collaborative planning process; and (2) increases empirical understanding of the extent to which cultural cognition operates among expert stakeholders compared to average citizens. The implications for managers are explored.

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Seminar series website with schedule and some recordings for past seminars:
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Sharlynn Sweeney, PhD

Center for Environmental Policy and

H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands

University of Florida

352-392-2424