No time to waste: Exploring timeprints of radioactive waste management options in Belgium




timeprints, politics of time, tacit governance, radioactive waste management options, Belgium


Following the work of Barbara Adam (1998) and Ulrike Felt (2016), we draw particular attention to ‘timeprints’ in the assessment and selection of radioactive waste management (RWM) options. Using the example of Belgium, we identify four different timeprints mobilized (un)consciously by stakeholders when assessing RWM options, namely trajectorism, promise economy, radioactive waste identity, and multi-situated timeprints. We show that each of these timeprints has a significant impact on the RWM option to be considered and actively determines future radioactive waste management pathways in the form of ‘tacit governance’.


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How to Cite

Frenay S, Parotte C. No time to waste: Exploring timeprints of radioactive waste management options in Belgium. TATuP [Internet]. 2022 Dec. 16 [cited 2024 Mar. 2];31(3):24-30. Available from: