Alternative knowledge strategies and local risk cultures are important in policy and decision-making processes, both for experts and non-experts


Some studies have shown (for example, Oliver-Smith, 1986, 2005) that people sometimes tend to refuse expert knowledge and certain policies not because they are not able to apply particular practices or because they lack knowledge, but because their cultures and their values make them indifferent. The very concept of local knowledge introduces the importance of “alternative knowledge strategies” and local risk cultures for research, policy and decision-making processes in risk reduction as well as for “ordinary” people.

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