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5 July, 18:00 to 20:30, Dales Suite, Collingwood College, South Road, Durham DH1 3L

A joint meeting between the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience and the Durham Health Forum to draw on recent North East research into smoking behaviours as the basis of a wider discussion of the social context of health risky behaviours and the implications for public health. Read more

We were delighted to have Prof Paul Slovic give a seminar in IHRR as well as a public lecture at Durham University.  Below is an audio recording of Paul’s seminar ‘The Feeling of Risk: New Directions in Risk Perception’.  A video of Paul’s public lecture will be available on IHRR’s website and posted on this blog in the near future.

For those who are unfamiliar with Paul Slovic’s research, this seminar gives a good introduction to his work in human judgment and how people perceive risk.


The following event that includes researchers from IHRR will take place at the Institute of Advanced Study in Durham University.

Science, Politics and Authority: new narratives for policy on science and the environment

Over the course of the 20th century and into the 21st, science and technology have increased their potential to disrupt societies,cultures and politics, for good and bad. The governance of science has evolved over the last few decades to begin to accommodate this disruptive power. But events remind us that there remains a disconnection between science, politics and authority. Following several recent high-profile breakdowns in the relationship between expert advice and political decision-making (most recently Climategate), scientists and commentators have questioned the ‘politicisation of environmental science’ and argued for sharper demarcations between science and politics. Read more

There have been a number of fascinating seminars in IHRR this past autumn.  I highlight a few of them below: a presentation by Dr Dave Guston, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS), at Arizona State University, Dr Maureen Fordham from the School of the Built and Natural Environment in the University of Northumbria who talks about their MICRODIS (micro level of disasters) study and a seminar given by Barbara Adam, Professor of Sociology in Cardiff University and a Distinguished Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, entitled ‘Risk is a Futures Issue.’

David Guston’s presentation focused on anticipatory governance of innovative technologies, but was also a lecture in the history and philosophy of science on two important contributors to the philosophy of science and science itself: Michael Polanyi and Frederick Soddy.  What Guston along with other researchers in this field of enquiry are asking is when in science do we consider consequences of research being done?  And how do we anticipate what knowledge-based research might bring to society?  Guston uses the discussion between Polanyi and Soddy to illustrate how society can respond to or anticipate scientific and technological innovation. Read more

There will be two upcoming seminars in May hosted by IHRR at Durham University.  A variety of seminars are held each month that feature researchers from Durham University and invited researchers from around the world.  Links below:

Context-bound theodicies: When God, nature and politics meet – 5 May

Observing Arctic hydrology: The view from Space – 17 May

You can also find podcasts of some previous IHRR seminars here.

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