Challenges of Nuclear Waste Governance

An International Comparison Volume II

  • Achim Brunnengräber
  • Maria Rosaria Di Nucci
  • Ana María  Isidoro Losada
  • Lutz Mez
  • Miranda A. Schreurs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maria Rosaria Di Nucci, Ana María Isidoro Losada, Miranda A. Schreurs, Achim Brunnengräber, Lutz Mez
      Pages 3-22
  3. “The Big 4”- China, Russia, South Korea and Japan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Eva Sternfeld
      Pages 25-50
    3. Felix Jaitner
      Pages 51-72
    4. Sung-Jin Leem, Miranda A. Schreurs
      Pages 73-93
    5. Lila Okamura
      Pages 95-120
  4. A Missed Opportunity: The Case of the Eastern European Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Zsuzsanna Koritár
      Pages 123-137
    3. Povilas Poskas
      Pages 139-160
    4. Peter Mihók
      Pages 161-181
    5. Leo Šešerko
      Pages 183-209
    6. Olexi Pasyuk
      Pages 211-243
  5. Nuclear Waste Governance in Canada and the Global South

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Cindy Vestergaard
      Pages 247-271
    3. Moïra Jimeno
      Pages 273-294
    4. David Fig
      Pages 295-328
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 329-333

About this book


This is volume two of a comparative analysis of nuclear waste governance and public participation in decision-making regarding the storage and siting of high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel in different countries. The contributors examine both the historical and current approaches countries have taken to address the wicked challenge of nuclear waste governance. The analyses discuss the regulations, technology choices, safety criteria, costs and financing issues, compensation schemes, institutional structures, and approaches to public participation found in each country. 

  • Technical, Political, and Socio-Economic Challenges of Nuclear Waste Governance
  • “The Big 4” – China, Russia, South Korea and Japan 
  • The Eastern European Countries
  • Nuclear Waste Governance in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and South Africa

Target Groups
  • Energy (policy) experts, nuclear energy experts and practitioners, political and social scientists, economists, engineers, decision makers and consultants, civil society organizations

The Editors
Achim Brunnengräber, Maria Rosaria Di Nucci, Ana María Isidoro Losada, Lutz Mez, Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin, and Miranda A. Schreurs, Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich, were members of the project “Multi Level Governance-Perspective on Nuclear Waste Disposal” within the research platform ENTRIA (2013-2017).


Nuclear Waste Management High Level Radioactive Waste Nuclear Waste Governance Disposal Storage Participation China Russia South Korea Japan Canada Eastern Europe South Africa Argentina Brazil

Editors and affiliations

  • Achim Brunnengräber
    • 1
  • Maria Rosaria Di Nucci
    • 2
  • Ana María  Isidoro Losada
    • 3
  • Lutz Mez
    • 4
  • Miranda A. Schreurs
    • 5
  1. 1.Environmental Policy Research CenterFreie Universität Berlin BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Environmental Policy Research CenterFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Environmental Policy Research CenterFreie Universität Berlin BerlinGermany
  4. 4.Environmental Policy Research CenterFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  5. 5.Professor of Environmental and Climate Policy Bavarian School of Public Policy Technical University of Munich MünchenGermany

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