Society for Risk Analysis

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The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) is a learned society providing an open forum for anyone interested in risk analysis. The concepts of risk have challenged the minds of many of history's greatest mathematicians and scientists. The roots of risk analysis can be traced back to before Greek and Roman times.[1] Yet modern-day risk analysis remains a relatively young field.

In early 1979, Robert B. Cumming recognized the growing need for risk researchers and practitioners to publish their work in a dedicated scientific journal. This led to the formation of an organization to support such a journal, with the certificate of incorporation for the SRA made official on August 28, 1980.[2] The first issue of Risk Analysis appeared in March 1981 and is now published by Wiley-Blackwell.

SRA broadly defines risk analysis to include risk assessment, risk characterization, risk communication, risk management, and policy relating to risk. The society's interests include: risks to human health and the environment, both built and natural; threats from physical, chemical, and biological agents and from a variety of human activities as well as natural events; and risks of concern to individuals, to public and private sector organizations, and to society at various geographic scales.


  1. ^ Covello, Vincent T.; Mumpower, Jeryl (1985). "Risk Analysis and Risk Management: An Historical Perspective". Risk Analysis 5 (2): 103. doi:10.1111/j.1539-6924.1985.tb00159.x. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Kimberly M.; Deisler, Paul F.; Schwing, Richard C. (2005). "Interdisciplinary Vision: The First 25 Years of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), 1980-2005". Risk Analysis 25 (6): 1333–86. doi:10.1111/j.1539-6924.2005.00702.x. PMID 16506968. 

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