Ana Prades

Ana Prades
Centro Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas | CIEMAT · Centro de Investigacion Sociotécnica. Barcelona

PhD Sociology

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Introduction
Senior Researcher , Ana works at the Research Center for Energy, Technology and the Environmental (CIEMAT), where she is currently Head of the Socio-technical Research Centre (CISOT-CIEMAT) in Barcelona. Her research focuses on public risk perception and communication, as well as on instruments for citizen engagement in the context of energy technologies. The practical implications of these processes for developing and implementing environmental policies is another of her research areas. She has recently been the coordinator of the EU PACHELBEL project (Policy Addressing Climate Change and Learning about Consumer Behavior and Everyday Life), EC-FP7), and is now the European Coordinator of Social Studies in Eurofusion.

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High levels of public trust in institutions and generalised interpersonal trust in “the unknown other” are generally seen to facilitate decision-making on nuclear energy and waste. However, earlier research has highlighted the potential virtues of mistrustful “civic vigilance” and politicisation as means of enhancing the robustness of policy decisi...
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The aim of the study was to examine the nature and antecedents of public attitudes towards fusion in Europe. Data were collected using an online information-choice style questionnaire distributed to diverse samples from Finland (n = 849), Austria (n = 830), Spain (n = 872) and the UK (n = 849). Participants received general information about fusion...
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Already in the 1990′s, the Fusion Project Evaluation Board recognised the need for social research to gain understanding on public opinion towards fusion and on elements that can contribute to build trust among the different actors in the field. The SERF program (Socioeconomic Research on Fusion) was then started. In 2014, public awareness and acce...
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In this chapter, we draw on almost two decades of collaborative work using focus groups. Focus groups have provided us with a powerful means to research on citizen reasoning about issues as diverse as railway safety and nuclear fusion power, as well as the ways in which that reasoning can change as people learn more about the technicalities and soc...
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Recommendations and requirements for the management of foodstuffs including drinking water and feedstuffs (but not other commodities) contaminated after a nuclear accident or a radiological event have been developed by international bodies such as Codex Alimentarius Commission or European Union as well as by individual countries. However, the exper...
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An innovative investigative approach (STAVE), combining elements of research, engagement and brokerage, was used to uncover policy assumptions and daily experiences related to energy use practices. Exploratory work within three policymaker institutions and eight reconvened focus groups were carried out in three different European countries (France,...
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An innovative investigative approach (STAVE), combining elements of research, engagement and brokerage, was used to uncover policy assumptions and daily experiences related to energy use practices. Exploratory work within three policymaker institutions and eight reconvened focus groups were carried out in three different European countries (France,...
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En el presente articulo, se analiza, en primer lugar, la distancia entre lo que la gente dice y lo que la gente hace en relacion con la sostenibilidad en su vida cotidiana; en segundo lugar, se intenta conectar este conocimiento con el diseno y la elaboracion de politicas de sostenibilidad. Para ello, se ha escogido el caso de una muestra de comerc...
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La gestio dels riscos tecnologics i ambientals, juntament amb la promocio del desenvolupament sostenible, ha constituit un pilar essencial de les politiques publiques de les ultimes decades. Una bona part d’aquestes politiques ha pretes influir en l’opinio publica fomentant comportaments preventius o evitant aquells que no resulten sostenibles. No...
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Face aux menaces du changement climatique, les pouvoirs publics visent l'objectif d'une société énergétiquement plus sobre. La numérisation de la consommation d'électricité s'accompagne de l'espoir d'une plus grande efficacité, notamment grâce à une meilleure prise de conscience par l'usager de ses choix et comportements. Au sein de ce dispositif,...
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Media representations of energy have a relevant impact on public opinion and public support for investment in new energy sources. Fusion energy is one among several emerging energy technologies that requires a strong public investment on its research and development. This paper aims to characterise and compare the media representations of fusion an...
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The Internet is increasingly considered as a legitimate source of in-formation on scientific and technological topics. Lay individuals are increasingly using Internet sources to find information about new technological developments, but scientific communities might have a limited understanding of the nature of this content. In this paper we examine...
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A large international literature on how lay citizens make sense of various aspects of science and technology has been generated by investigations which utilise small group methods. Within that literature, focus group and other group-based methods have come to co-exist, and to some extent, hybridise, with the use of small groups in citizen engagemen...
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Research into risk perception has been typically focused on the study of social conflicts motivated by potentially dangerous technologies and events. However, in this article an attempt is made to understand why, in certain cases, the population exposed to an obvious risk are not actively mobilised and do not protest against it. Based on a case stu...
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Los estudios sobre percepción social del riesgo se han solido centrar en el estudio de conflictos sociales motivados por tecnologías y eventos potencialmente peligrosos. En este artículo, en cambio, se intenta comprender por qué en determinados casos la población expuesta a un riesgo evidente no protesta ni se moviliza activamente en su contra. A p...
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Confrontation of fusion and other future energy technologies' representations in the public discourse – media analysis (Portugal and Spain) Prepared for the EFDA Work Programme 2013 WP13-SERF ACIF-T01.2 December 2013 Luísa Schmidt (coord.), (IST/ICS ULisboa) Ana Delicado, Sérgio Pereira (IST/ICS ULisboa) Christian Oltra, Ana Prades (CIEMAT) 2
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The extent to which nuclear energy technologies are, in some sense, "stigmatised" by historical environmental and military associations is of particular interest in contemporary debates about sustainable energy policy. Recent claims in the literature suggest that despite such stigmatisation, lay views on such technologies may be shifting towards a...
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En aquest article es descriu l'evolució de la investigació sobre percepció i comuni-cació del risc, tot mostrant com es va passar d'una concepció unidireccional, en la qual s'interpretava que el públic era ignorant i per tant havia de ser informat correctament pels experts, a les tendències contemporànies on s'entén que les definicions del risc i d...
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This paper examines the determinants of trust in public information on technological risk in a petrochemical complex located in Tarragona (Spain). Data from focus groups (eight) and a questionnaire survey (N = 400) are drawn together to analyse how two local communities exposed to major chemical hazards perceive information on risk and its sources....
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This article, grounded in an empirical study carried out in the Tarragona petrochemical complex (Spain), explores how key actors operating in this specific social and organizational context perceive petrochemical communication activities. Data compiled from a set of interviews with stakeholders and focus group discussions with citizens were analyse...
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En la actualidad, las energías renovables forman parte de las estrategias adoptadas para fomentar el cambio hacia un nuevo sistema energético, más efi ciente y diversifi cado. Esta aportación analiza el papel de la energía eólica en este proceso de transición y como una mejor gestión del territorio, donde el uso de los Sistemas de Información Geogr...
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The use of risk communication as a policy tool has become increasingly important in areas as diverse as emergency planning and health communication, and including aspects of many of the leading issues of the day. Its use, as a part of institutional attempts to inform and influence lay behaviour, is predicated upon a variety of models of how people...
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There exist situations in which people who perceive themselves exposed to a technological risk feel uninformed but, at the same time, refuse to absorb new information about the said risk. With the objective of understanding this paradoxical situation, in this text, we are going to compare some empirical data obtained in two different studies car...
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This paper aims to gain a better understanding of the role played by trust in the context of scarcity of public information, vis‐à‐vis the installation of a Centre for Investigation in Advanced Technologies (Centro de Investigación de Tecnologías Avanzadas, CITA) to be located in a coal‐rich region of Spain. Data from semi‐structured interviews (n...
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La investigación social ha constatado que muchos de los conflictos sociales relacionados con riesgos tecnológicos no se deben tanto a sus posibles efectos sobre la salud o el medio ambiente como a las relaciones que la población mantiene con los gestores y reguladores del riesgo. Esto sitúa el concepto de ¿confianza¿ en el centro de las explicacion...
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This paper reflects on trust and its role in shaping the public perception and response towards a new technological centre. In particular, it deals with the introduction of a research centre on clean coal combustion in a mining area of the Northwest of Spain. When the siting of this centre was announced, a multi-method approach combining qualitativ...
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This paper reflects on trust and its role in shaping the public perception and response towards a new technological centre. In particular, it deals with the introduction of a research centre on clean coal combustion in a mining area of the Northwest of Spain. When the siting of this centre was announced, a multi-method approach combining qualitativ...
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This paper reports on a review of the empirical evidence about lay perceptions of nuclear fusion. It does so in the light of the wider social science literature on public perception of new technologies and their risks, especially technologies which, like fusion, have large research and development programmes. Our findings point to multiple distinct...
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On April 17<sup>th</sup> 2002, Spanish Government formally offered the Vandellos site as a possible European ITER site. In this work main technical site specific characteristics of the site are compared with generic requirements. It is shown that Vandellos site offers a number of technical advantages over the reference design mainly in relation wit...
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The practical demands of communicating information about risk have formed an abiding challenge to our collaborative research over an extended period. In areas of practice as diverse as emergency planning and health communication, institutional attempts to inform and influence lay behaviour are predicated upon a variety of models of how people make...
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Research by cognitive psychologists has demonstrated that when laypersons make estimates of risks do not merely calculate in terms of probabilistic information. People tend to construe the risk in accordance with other schema. Lay people use a broad definition of risk when making their judgements about which ones are of the most concern to them. An...
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1) Introduction. Understanding public perceptions of risk is increasingly considered to be important in order to make sound policy decisions. Psychologists and other social scientists have shown how individuals judge and evaluate hazards related to working conditions, private activities, technological developments, global ecological changes, and so...

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