Expertise and Experience

McKinley Consulting has a wide area of expertise, gained over many decades in the industry and can manage projects of any size.

Risk and uncertainty management

The development of a methodology that can capture a wide range of multidisciplinary knowledge.


Risk and uncertainty managementRisk Management


The requirement to demonstrate repository safety for periods of hundreds of thousands of years (or more) requires development of a methodology that can capture a wide range of multidisciplinary knowledge – along with associated uncertainties – and develop credible scenarios of future evolution.

By utilising advanced knowledge management tools (e.g., within think tanks), assessment can be developed in a top-down manner that facilitates communication between technical and non-technical stakeholders, which can be applied also to a wide range of non-radwaste issues.

Relevant publications include:

  • McKinley, I.G., West, J.M. and Hardie, S.M.L. (2022). A Risk Management Perspective on Climate Change: Lessons Learned from the Nuclear Industry. Environmental Management,
  • McKinley, I.G., West, J.M. and Hardie, S.M.L. (2021). Risk management for pandemics: a novel approach. Sustainability Science,
  • Scourse E.M., Alexander W.R., McKinley I.G., Kawamura H. and Hardie S.M.L. (2013). Learning from Fukushima: a holistic approach to tsunami risk assessment. PSAM - 13, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Kawamura H. and McKinley I.G. (2013). Use of scenario analysis to quantify risks to an open repository from major perturbations, PSAM - 13, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Kawamura, H., McKinley, I.G., Saito, S. (2011). Hydrothermal scenario development for Japanese geological disposal systems, Proc. IHLRWMC 2011, Volume 2, 2011, Pages 861-866.
  • McKinley I.G. and Alexander W.R. (2009). Special issues for coastal sites. In Connor, C. et al. (Eds.) Volcanism, tectonism and siting nuclear facilities, CUP, 509-526.
  • Umeki H., Sakabe Y., Ueda H., Takahashi Y., McKinley I. G., Takase H., Shimbo H. and Ijiri Y. (2004). Managing uncertainty on site characteristics for the design of a high-level radioactive waste repository Proc. 3rd Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium.
  • McKinley I.G., McCombie C. and Zuidema P. (1997). Assessing and presenting risks from deep disposal of high-level radioactive waste, Advances in Safety and Reliability, (Proc. ESREL`97, C. Guedes Soares, ed), 1, 577-582, Pergamon.

Where to find us

Badstrasse 20b, Ennetbaden,
CH 5408, Switzerland
Phone Number
+41 56 2840 321
+41 78 8658 886 (mobile)