Online and face-to-face dialogue

quote_mark I would like to note the quality of the work which I have seen from PublicSpace for the website. It is prompt, clear and thoughtful.”

Jenny Watson, Deputy Chair, UK Committee for Radioactive Waste Mangement.

CoRWM Public and Stakeholder Consultation

Consultation document; analysis; citizen panels; public discussion groups.
Funding:  UK CoRWM

PublicSpace co-researched and wrote the 2005 Public and Stakeholder Consultation Document on the management of radioactive wastes for the UK Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM).


The document was developed from technical source documents and email exchanges with CoRWM members and Defra officers.  Drafts were reviewed formally by the committee.  The final document was welcomed for its engaging design and clarity of information by CoRWM, by education officers, and by the institutions and members of the public taking part.

Analysis of the responses

PublicSpace analysed and reported the 400 public and institutional responses.  The responses ranged from extended institutional responses to brief emails from individuals.  The respondents ranged from BNFL to FoE, from nuclear consultants to local councils, and from independent experts to associations to lay members of the public.

The reports were based on both a quantitative and qualitative analysis.  In addition to summary statistics, we maximised direct quotation in order to provide an accurate, authoritative and informative synthesis for CoRWM.  Our goal was to create a lasting record of the issues which future processes can build on, rather than repeat.

The online pdf reports offer the reader three levels of detail:

  • an overview report offers a bullet-point summary of the issues raised;
  • it links to annex reports (eg on implementation) which quote from the responses;
  • these in turn link to 48 of the key original responses.

Public discussion events

citizen panel - citizens in discussion with an expert

PublicSpace jointly facilitated (with Lancaster University) CoRWM’s 2005 Citizen Panels.

The citizens met over 2-3 days, and discussions included questioning experts from nuclear industry, regulators and environmental groups.  (Reported by Lancaster University.)

The work for CoRWM built on previous experience with Lancaster University of the MoD’s Project ISOLUS.