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Terry McClure, who is studying for an MA in Risk, Health and Public Policy, explains how some insurance companies are using computer modelling and information about people’s lifestyle choices found on the internet to evaluate health-related risks. This could largely affect whether some people are able to receive life insurance coverage in the future. This form of ‘predictive modelling’ could also disproportionately affect poor people who may be perceived as a riskier clientele and denied coverage.
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Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients. Wall Street Journal
Life insurance: Life in the fast lane. The Actuary
This podcast from ROBUST features Dr Karen Johnson, one of the leaders of the project. In this instalment, Karen introduces different aspects of the project including how to remediate brownfield land using recycled minerals known as manganese oxides left from the water treatment industry and other sources.
This is part three of the ROBUST podcast series. Parts one and two are available here.
As some readers of this blog are aware, IHRR’s ROBUST project is researching how to use sustainable technologies to regenerate brownfield land contaminated with industrial wastes. This is the second part of the ROBUST podcast series presented by Dr Steve Robertson, a researcher at Durham University and Research Associate on ROBUST. For those interested in how different kinds of brownfield sites can be regenerated, perhaps in your own community, have a listen to Steve’s introduction on how sites are chosen for redevelopment.
Here is the latest podcast from IHRR’s Tipping Points project about the term itself, ‘tipping point’. Bringing together a range of different researchers from the project based in the physical and social sciences as well as the humanities, this slightly experimental podcast explores some popular ideas about tipping points, but also lesser known ones as well, such as the first use of the term and how it evolved over time.
Music by Spectral Mystics available from the Free Music Archive.