Expertise Under Scrutiny

21st Century Decision Making for Environmental Health and Safety

  • Myriam Merad
  • Benjamin D. Trump

Part of the Risk, Systems and Decisions book series (RSD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Unpacking the Decision Making Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Myriam Merad, Benjamin D. Trump
      Pages 3-10
    3. Myriam Merad, Benjamin D. Trump
      Pages 33-54
    4. Myriam Merad, Benjamin D. Trump
      Pages 89-108
  3. Formalized Decision Support for Safety, Security, Environment and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Myriam Merad, Benjamin D. Trump
      Pages 111-125
    3. Myriam Merad, Benjamin D. Trump
      Pages 127-146
    4. Myriam Merad, Benjamin D. Trump
      Pages 147-152
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 153-168

About this book


This book explores the challenges that confront leaders in government and industry when making decisions in the areas of environmental health and safety. Today, decision making demands transparency, robustness, and resiliency. However thoughtfully they are devised, decisions made by governments and enterprises can often trigger immediate, passionate public response.

Expertise Under Scrutiny shows how leaders can establish organizational decision making processes that yield valid, workable choices even in fast-changing and uncertain conditions.

The first part of the book examines the organizational decision making process, describing the often-contentious environment in which important environmental health and safety decisions are made, and received. The authors review the roles of actors and experts in the decision making process. The book goes on to address such topics as:

·       The roles of actors and experts in the decision making process

·       Ethics and analytics as drivers of good decisions

·       Why managing problems in safety, security, environment, and health 

Part II offers an outline for adopting a formal decision support structure, including the use of decision support tools. It includes a chapter devoted to ELECTRE (ELimination and Choice Expressing Reality), a multi-criteria decision analysis system.

The book concludes with an insightful appraisal and analysis of the expertise, structure and resources needed for navigating well-supported, risk-informed decisions in our 21st Century world.

Expertise Under Scrutiny benefits a broad audience of students, academics, researchers, and working professionals in management and related disciplines, especially in the field of environmental health and safety.


Industrial Risk Natural Hazard Risk Prevention Risk Assessment Decision making Public Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Myriam Merad
    • 1
  • Benjamin D. Trump
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueUMR ESPACEParisFrance
  2. 2.US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development CenterConcordUSA

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