Past Conference

New Ideas for Risk Regulation

Jun 22, 2009 - Jun 23, 2009

About the Event

New Ideas for Risk Regulation 

Alison Cullen,
SRA President

Jonathan Wiener,
SRA Past-President

Phil Sharp,
RFF President

Mark Cohen,
RFF Vice-President
for Research

Lisa Robinson,
Conference Chair

Matthew Adler
Alberto Alemanno
Laina Bush
James Hammitt
Sandra Hoffmann
Amber Jessup
Alan Krupnick
Dominic Mancini
Stuart Shapiro
Jun Zhuang

On June 22-23, 2009, the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and Resources for the Future (RFF) sponsored the "New Ideas for Risk Regulation" conference. The results of this event are provided below, including:

  1. The detailed program (with links to speaker websites)

A Conference Summary is now available. The December 6-9, 2009 SRA Annual Meeting  (in Baltimore, Maryland) will also feature related sessions. Articles based on selected conference presentations will be published in SRA’s journal, Risk Analysis in 2010.

Conference Overview

The start of a new Administration opens a new chapter in U.S. regulatory policy. Early actions by President Obama, such as requesting ideas for reforming regulatory review, signal a strong interest in innovation.

The “New Ideas for Risk Regulation” conference, sponsored by the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and Resources for the Future (RFF), was designed to inform efforts to improve regulatory development and analysis and to foster creative thinking on these issues. It focuses on the regulation of environmental, health, safety, and security risks, and considers the national and international role of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in regulatory review and assessment.

The topics addressed include improving OIRA’s role in encouraging better regulation domestically and internationally, enhancing the constructive use of risk assessment and benefit-cost analyses in informing decisions, and addressing several related challenges. Speakers included current and former senior government officials as well as leading scholars with expertise in a wide array of related issues.

Detailed Program

The detailed conference program is available. The program includes links to the websites for individual speakers, as well as brief summaries of the topics discussed by each panel.

Video, Audio, Presentations, and Papers



  • Alan J. Krupnick, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Maureen L. Cropper, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future; Distinguished University Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of Maryland