“David provided wise counsel and provoked deep thought on the risk communication implications of various decision options. He helped us immensely to see how others would view us, a perspective we could not have seen on our own. His advice played a significant role in our communication efforts on an important issue.”

Mary Logan,
Chief Operating Officer,
American Dental Association


Here are some things David has written about risk perception and risk communication. The list includes examples from both the popular press and the peer-reviewed academic literature. You can find more current writings, occasionally updated, on the On Risk blog.

  • Ropeik, D. "How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts,” McGraw Hill, 2010
  • Ropeik, D. "Global Warming: No Big Deal?" The Atlantic, March 1, 2010
  • Ropeik, D. "Global Warming and Weather Psychology, Cultural Cognition" New York Times Opinion Forum, February 11, 2010
  • Ropeik, D. “Toyota's Congressional Hearing: 'How Risky Is It', CNBC website Feb 19, 2010
  • Ropeik, D. “Hands-free phoning is still distracting” Boston Globe, Feb. 11, 2010
  • Ropeik, D. “Understanding Our Risky Business”, NPR website opinion page, Feb 3, 2010
  • Ropeik, D. “Fear vs. facts: The brain clouds our thinking about terrorism” USA Today, Jan 6, 2010
  • Ropeik, D. “Risk Communication and Non-Linearity”, PDF BELLE Newsletter, vol. 15, No. 1, January 2009, pp 3-10
  • Ropeik, D. "Risk Communication, More Than Facts and Feelings" PDF, IAEA Bulletin, vol. 50, no. 1, Sept. 2008, vol. 50, no. 1, pp 58-60
  • Ropeik, D. "Risk Communication – An Overlooked Tool in Combating Terrorism", in Wiley Handbook of Science and Technology for Homeland Security, Voeller, John G. ed. 2008
  • Ropeik D, “Risk Communication, An Overlooked Tool for Improving Public Health”, PDF, chapter for textbook Maxcy-Rosenau-Last - Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Last J, Wallace R (eds) 15th ed., 2007
  • Ropeik, D. “How Risky is Flying”, PBS website/NOVA, October 17, 2006
  • Ropeik, D. “Best Practices Response”, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Aug. 2006, vol. 34, no. 3, 253-256
  • Ropeik, D., “Risk perception Why Our Fears Don’t Match the Facts.”, Journal of Environmental Management, June 2005, 26-27
  • Ropeik D, “The calculus of risk vs. benefit” Newsday, Nov 28, 2004
  • Ropeik. D, “The Consequences of Fear”, PDF EMBO Reports (The Journal of the European Molecular Biology organization, Science and Society Special Report), vol. 5, 2004
  • Ropeik D, “Mad Cow and The Media”, The Washington Post, Dec. 31, 2003
  • Ropeik D, “Never Bitten, Twice Shy: The Real Dangers of Summer”, PDF New York Times, Aug. 9, 2003
  • Ropeik D, Slovic, P, “Risk Communication: A Neglected Tool in Protecting Public Health”, PDF Risk in Perspective, vol. 11, issue 2, June 2003
  • Ropeik D, “Risk Business” Harvard Crimson, May 23, 2003
  • Ropeik D, “What Really Scares Us”, Parade Magazine, March 30, 2003
  • Ropeik D, Slovic, P, “How to cope in a world of risk”, Global Agenda (the magazine of the World Economic Forum) Issue 1, 2003 pp 158-159
  • Ropeik D, “Journalists Can be Seduced by Aspects of Risk”, Nieman Reports, vol. 56, No. 4, winter 2002
  • Ropeik D, Gray G, RISK!, A Practical Guide for Deciding What’s Really Safe and What’s Really Dangerous in the World Around You, (485 pp) Houghton Mifflin, October 2002
  • Gray G, Ropeik D, “Dealing with the Danger of Fear: The Role of Risk Communication”, PDF Health Affairs vol. 21, no. 6, 106-116, Nov./Dec 2002
  • Ropeik, D, “Be Afraid of Being Very Afraid”, PDF The Washington Post, Oct. 20, 2002
  • Ropeik D, “Let’s Get Real About Risk”, PDF The Washington Post, Aug. 6, 2002
  • Ropeik D, “Living in Fear”, The Boston Globe, June 13, 2002
  • Hammitt J, Ropeik D, “Diesel fuel would slash energy use and greenhouse gas”, The Sacramento Bee, April 7, 2002
  • Gray G, Kreindel S, Ropeik D, “Mad Cow Disease risk in the United States”, guest editorial, Postgraduate Medicine, vol. 111, no.2, Feb. 2002
  • Ropeik D, “To Risk or Not to Risk”, Muse Magazine, vol. 6, no. 1, Jan. 2002
  • Gray G, Ropeik D, “What, me worry?”, The Boston Globe Nov. 11, 2001
  • Ropeik D, “Conquer terrorists’ most powerful weapon: Fear”, USA Today, September 27, 2001
  • Ropeik D, “Reaction to West Nile Is Exaggerated”, Newsday, May 8, 2001
  • Gray G, Ropeik D, “Keep Risk in Perspective”, USA Today, Feb. 12, 2001
  • Ropeik D, “More Study is needed on DWP (Driving While Phoning)”, The Boston Globe, November 20, 2000
  • Gray G, Ropeik D, “Risk Analysis and Food Safety”, NFPA Journal, September, 2000
  • Ropeik D, “The invisible ingredients in ‘Frankenfood’”, The Boston Globe, April 2, 2000
  • Ropeik D, “Biotechnology Regulation”, letter of response, Issues in Science and Technology, vol. 16, no. 2, Fall 2000
  • Ropeik D, Broadcast Science Journalism, book chapter, A Field Guide for Science Writers, National Association of Science Writers/Oxford University Press, April 1997
  • Ropeik D, Reviving Environmental Coverage, The Challenge to TV, Nieman Reports, vol. 50, no. 4, 1996