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Researching Risk and Uncertainty

Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies

  • Anna Olofsson
  • Jens O. Zinn

Part of the Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty book series (CRSTRU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jens O. Zinn, Anna Olofsson
    Pages 1-28
  3. Visual and Ethnographic Methods

  4. Narrative, Biographical and Mixed Analyses

  5. Surveys and Statistical Methods

  6. Discourse and Semantic Analyses

About this book


Understanding and managing risk and uncertainty is a central task in contemporary societies characterised by rapid social, technological and environmental change.

This book presents research approaches used by scholars who all share a passion to gain new insights in how individuals, organisations and societies approach uncertain futures and their potential dangers.

The contributions illustrate the usefulness of particular methods and methodologies for researching risk in order to advance the understanding and management of social, technological and environmental challenges.

With research strategies and approaches from sociology, psychology, history, linguistics, anthropology, and gender studies, Researching Risk and Uncertainty provides guidance and inspiration to students and scholars across a range of disciplines interested in risk, disaster and social crisis.


uncertain futures social change environmental change technological change danger visual research observation critical discourse analysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Olofsson
    • 1
  • Jens O. Zinn
    • 2
  1. 1.Risk and Crisis Research CentreMid Sweden UniversityÖstersundSweden
  2. 2.Risk and Crisis Research CentreMid Sweden UniversityÖstersundSweden

About the editors

Anna Olofsson is Professor of Sociology at Mid Sweden University and the director of the Risk and Crisis Research Centre, Sweden.

Jens O. Zinn is T.R Asworth Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the ESRC Centre of Corpus Approaches to Social Science, Lancaster University, UK (2016-2018) and Research Awardee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2015).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Researching Risk and Uncertainty
  • Book Subtitle Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies
  • Editors Anna Olofsson
    Jens O. Zinn
  • Series Title Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty
  • Series Abbreviated Title Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-95851-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07105-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-95852-1
  • Series ISSN 2523-7268
  • Series E-ISSN 2523-7276
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 384
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Methodology of the Social Sciences
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