Risk Assessments in Urban Environment

  • Kensuke Fukushi
Part of the cSUR-UT Series: Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration book series (LSUR, volume 1)


Environmental engineering uses the concept of risk assessment to determine risks of adverse effects on people caused by environmental contamination. The perception of risk is emphasized in this chapter and like conventional risk assessment, a basic concept used to decide environmental regulations or other legislation, there are many conflicts and inconsistencies that raise people’s perception of risk. In terms of decision making, the perceived risk is sometimes more important than scientifically determined risk. In order to study the perception of risk, social science, social psychology or other academic fields may be required.


Rota Virus Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Diesel Particulate Matter Fatal Risk Polio Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kensuke Fukushi
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  1. 1.Integrated Research System for Sustainability ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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