RISK RESEARCH AND PUBLIC OUTREACH: A TALE OF TWO CULTURES?
By: Selley, Roger A.; Wilson, Paul N.
Selley, Roger A.; Wilson, Paul N., RISK RESEARCH AND PUBLIC OUTREACH: A TALE OF TWO CULTURES?, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 22, Issue 2, December 1997, Pages 222-232
Agricultural economists have been challenged in recent years, by voices inside and outside the profession, to evaluate the integrity of the operational bridge between research and extension activities in the land grant system. This essay investigates links between the work of risk researchers and outreach programs. Survey results indicate that (a) a significant number of risk researchers are involved in extension activities; (b) extension economists are less frequently involved in risk research than their colleagues with no extension appointment; (c) full-time extension economists use less sophisticated risk tools in their outreach efforts than used in their research; and (d) all respondents, regardless of appointment, see a need for more applied risk analysis. Major challenges include a lack of financial support to close the data gap and to conduct relevant applied analysis present major communication challenges.