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dc.contributor.advisorBering, Jesse
dc.contributor.advisorCollings, Sunny
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Michelle Maxine
dc.date.available2018-10-09T01:17:45Z
dc.date.copyright2018
dc.identifier.citationWalsh, M. M. (2018). Science communication in risk management at a high-incidence location for suicide (Thesis, Master of Science Communication). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/8423en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/8423
dc.description.abstractIt has been suggested that the role of robust scientific evidence in quality policy development is essential, but can vary on the basis of policy type and setting. These hypotheses and others were explored in a unique local case study dealing with risk management at a high-incidence location for suicide. Specifically, I examined the dynamic factors by which councillors regulated site access for public safety, journalists moderated relevant suicide reporting for public interest, and a science communicator with expertise in psychological medicine advised both groups. Scientific evidence guided public and private negotiations of a problem definition, solution approach, and philosophy of change; and the optimal utility of science in policy was eventually fulfilled in a precautionary suicide prevention approach by councillors and journalists, albeit with different conservative definitions of ‘cost-effective’ risk management. Findings supported an essential but variable role for science in policy – one influenced not only by policy type and setting, but also the management of expectations among decision-makers. Science communicators served as a resource for decision-makers, but ultimately definitions of cost-effective risk management were values-based judgements revealing not all decision-makers’ willingness to reject utilitarianism in the interest of a vulnerable few.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectscience
dc.subjectcommunication
dc.subjectrisk
dc.subjectmanagement
dc.subjectsuicide
dc.subjectpolicy
dc.subjectevidence
dc.subjectlocal
dc.subjectgovernment
dc.subjectmedia
dc.subjectmental
dc.subjecthealth
dc.titleScience communication in risk management at a high-incidence location for suicide
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2018-10-09T00:45:20Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineCentre for Science Communication
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science Communication
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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