Twin Cities WRS Seminar

Making Risk Assessment Work for Water Protection Policy


Dr. Peter Calow
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

December 8, 2017


Managing and hence assessing the risks posed by chemical contaminants is a key in delivering the aims of the Clean Water Act: to maintain and enhance the integrity of our waters. Yet risk assessment often fails in this regard especially when it comes to protecting ecosystems. He will describe how risk assessment is done and, from personal work, how it might be made a more effective basis for protection policy.

Dr. Calow is a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, and Fellow of IonE. He has held previous professorial positions at the Universities of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA), Sheffield (UK) and Roskilde (Denmark). He has also served as Director of the Danish Government’s Environmental Assessment Institute that specialized in the economic analysis of environmental policy. He has served on and chaired numerous advisory committees for the UK Government and EU Commission. His current research is on the interface between science and public policy, with special interest in the better use of risk assessment in environmental policy and regulation. He has written more than 350 articles and edited/authored more than 20 books.