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Exploring the Dialogical Space of Hybrid Forums: The “Predictably Unpredictable” Case of Radioactive Waste Management in Denmark, 2003-2018 (2019)


Denmark was once at the forefront of nuclear research, operating three experimental nuclear reactors at the research facility at Risø, close to Copenhagen. However, the 1985 resolution of the Danish Parliament excluded nuclear power from the national energy mix. In 2003, the Parliament passed a resolution on the decommissioning of the nuclear facility at Risø, including plans for establishing a permanent solution for radioactive waste management. To understand the ensuing socio-technical controversy, we employ the “hybrid forum” framework that emphasizes the entangled political-epistemological role of the municipalities and protest groups. They mobilized political resistance while also performing “research in the wild.” In 2016, the protest groups became part of an institutionalized “hybrid forum” where they could negotiate directly with experts and government representatives. We conclude that municipalities and protest groups were instrumental in changing the Danish position on radioactive waste management from final repository to long-term storage at Risø.

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Authors & Contributors
Hoeyer, Klaus
Nielsena, Henry
Knudsen, Henrik
Pritchard, Sara B.
Yli-Kauhaluoma, Sari
Hänninen, Hannu
Social Studies of Science
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Environmental History
Public Understanding of Science
MIT Press
Yale University Press
Berghahn Books
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Citizen participation
Atomic energy; nuclear power
Nuclear and radioactive waste
Public policy
Dewey, John
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
Copenhagen. Universitet

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