Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty – Newsletter 01 of 2024

ISA Forum of Sociology in Rabat, Marocco, July 6 to 11, 2025

ISA Forum of Sociology in Rabat, Morocco, July 6 to 11, 2025

The program coordinators of TG04 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty are seeking suggestions for sessions at the next Forum of Sociology.

Please propose your sessions for TG04 for the Forum by 1st of July via ISA platform:

Also, please contact Aiste Balzekiene ( or Jens Zinn ( no later than 31 May 2024 with your suggestions for other formats (such as keynotes, joined sessions, panel sessions, joined sessions) for the Forum. Please have a look at the conference website for available formats.

We are looking forward to receiving your ideas and suggestions.

Jens & Aiste

Upcoming Event at United Nations HQ in New York

Protection of Civilians Side Event

“Advancing Gender-Transformative and Gender-Responsive Approaches in Protection Interventions: Trafficking, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Financial Exclusion”

13:15 – 14.30, Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Venue: Room CR11, United Nations Headquarters, 801 1st Avenue, New York NY10017

Click on the link above for more information and registration (please register by Monday 20th May)

Latest issue of
Health, Risk & Society 

Volume 26 (1/2)

Risk rituals and embodied risk work

Ultrasound scans as risk rituals in obstetric prenatal care in South Africa
Nicole Daniels

Exploring the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) risk rituals: individualisation, uncertainty and social iatrogenesis
Roberto Rubem da Silva-Brandao & Aurea Maria Zöllner Ianni

‘I have really learned how to smile with my eyes’. Risk work and embodied care practices among nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark
Frederik Jacques Paulsen, Patrick Stypinsky Rasmussen & Barbara Fersch

Different health professionals and their approaches to risk

Managing uncertainty in multidisciplinary renal team meetings: decision-making processes and complex challenges in kidney transplant listing
Melania Calestani, Paul Roderick, Sarah Tonkin-Crine, Rishi Pruthi, Rommel Ravanan & Geraldine M. Leydon

Antimicrobial resistance in the risk society – a Danish study on how veterinarians and human medical doctors construct risk through blaming
Carsten Strøby Jensen

In memoriam 
Nina Hallowell, 4th november 1957 – 28th June 2023: a risk researcher who explored the ways in which genetics touches human lives
Andy Alaszewski




SoRU Newsletter


The Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (SoRU) newsletter is for members and others interested in the activities of the ESA Research Network (RN22) and ISA Thematic Group (TG04) on the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty.



RN22 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty aims to provide a forum for debating research on how risks are perceived, constructed, managed, communicated and/or neglected in relation to recent (global) crises and ongoing transformations.

We received 70 submissions and the accepted abstracts went through a thorough review process.

So it looks like we will have a large number of sessions for RN22 as well as 3 Joint sessions.

JS_RN12_RN22_I – Risk and challenges of nuclear energy in the framework of sustainability and environmental change

JS_RN12_RN22_II – Environmental risk perception across Europe,

JS_RN16_RN22 – Algorithms in action: opportunities, risks and perspectives in medicine

Maria Grazia and Bert are busy developing the sessions and information on these sessions will become available on the conference website in mid-June.

The overall schedule is now available here.

Please note the RN22 business meeting will take place at lunchtime on Thursday 29th August. Please note this in your agendas!!





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Angharad Smith, Leona Vaughn, Toni Cela, Louis Herns Marcelin, Margaret Ohia-Nowak, Charu Hogg, and Ronny Marty
Modern Slavery and Financial Exclusion: Exploring CrisisRelated Risks for Men 
New York: United Nations University
See also the policy brief from this report.

Nisrine Zerdoug & Abdeljabbar Arrach (2024) La Question de la liberté et la sécurité au Maroc en temps de crises multiples et simultanées. Bureau de la Fondation Au Maroc / Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Raymond Murphy (2021) The Fossil-Fuelled climate Crisis: Foresight or Discounting Danger? Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan Springer Natureg


Balžekienė, A., Echavarren, J. M., & Telešienė, A. (2024). The effect of proximity on risk perception: A systematic literature review. Current Sociology  doi:10.1177/00113921241250047Brown, P. (2024) La esperanza en diferentes contextos sanitarios: salud mental y oncología. Panorama Social (Funcas) 38:147-160.


Brown, P., Scrivener, A., Calnan, M. (2024) The co-construction and emotion management of hope within psychosis services. Frontiers in Sociology doi:10.3389/fsoc.2023.1270539

de Graaff, B., Rutz, S., Stoopendaal, A., & van de Bovenkamp, H. (2024). Involving citizens in regulation: A comparative qualitative study of four experimentalist cases of participatory regulation in Dutch healthcare, Regulation & Governance

Meyer, S.B., Brown, P., Calnan, M., Ward, P.R., Little, J., Betini, G.S., Perlman, C.M., Burns, K.E. & Filice, E. (2024) Development and validation of the Trust in Multidimensional Healthcare Systems Scale (TIMHSS). International Journal for Equity in Health 

Murphy, R. (2024) What is undermining climate change mitigation? How fossil-fuelled practices challenge low carbon transitions. Energy Research and Social Science 108   doi:10.1016/j.erss.2023.103390

Van de Bovenkamp, Hester, Bert de Graaff & Roland Bal (2024). The Patient Representation Struggle during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Missed Opportunities for Resilient Healthcare Systems, Health Expectations, 27(1),

Zinn, J. O. (2024) Risk-taking and social inequality. Journal of Sociology, 60(2), 364-381. doi:10.1177/14407833231162865

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