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Experts under the microscope: The Wivenhoe Dam case

Maslen, Sarah; Hayes, Jan


Prosecution of experts in the wake of disasters has emerged as common in the context of increasing social intolerance of risk. This paper examines expert blame using as a case study the decisions of engineers who operated Wivenhoe Dam during the Queensland floods in January 2011 and the criticisms of those decisions by the subsequent Commission of Inquiry. Our analysis draws on the literature on organisational safety, organisational learning and expertise to examine the relevance of the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Environment Systems and Decisions: the international journal for all environmental professionals
DOI: 10.1007/s10669-014-9492-7


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