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A two-day interdisciplinary workshop to launch the final work package of IHRR’s Tipping Points project September 27-28 at the Palatine Centre, Durham University.

Speakers Include:

John Adams (London School of Economics)
Derek Attridge (University of York)
Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London)
Christopher Norris (Cardiff University)
Santiago Zabala (ICREA/University of Barcelona)
And members and advisors of the Tipping Points project from Durham University:
Patricia Waugh, Sarah Atkinson, John Nash and Marc Botha

Critical Transitions refer to events, points, or processes through which significant change occurs. Such transitions characterize situations in which one state gives way, or tips, into another state – whether as a result of a gradual accumulation of tensions or forces, or through the eruption of something absolutely unexpected and new. In every case, however, Critical Transitions refer to dynamic situations.

To grasp this dynamism, it is necessary to recognize that the numerous concepts which have been developed to account for the phenomenon of change – concepts such as moment, event, irreversibility, hybrid, hospitality, dissemination, emergency, end, turn, threshold and exception, period, movement and paradigm – exist in a counterpoint, rather than in direct competition with one another.

Attendance of the workshop is free, and will include light lunch and a drinks reception, but places are strictly limited. Please book places as soon as possible by emailing:

For more information about the Tipping Points project please visit its website.

IHRR’s Tipping Points project was featured on Radio 4′s thought-provoking radio programme ‘Thinking Allowed’.  The programme features researchers from the project Prof Alex Bentley, Prof Patricia Waugh and Prof Tim Clark.

You can listen to the programme via iPlayer.

The first annual report from IHRR’s Tipping Points project is now available.  It gives an overview of the project’s progress so far along with its aims and goals for the future.

In its first year the project has shown that there is clearly much more to tipping point than simply being a popular ‘buzz word’ and that it may actually describe something quite profound about the physical and social world we live in.

Tipping Points Annual Report 2010-2011

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) recently banned and fined Northern Rock’s former finance director, David Jones, £320,000 for the misreporting of mortgage arrears that started mid-January 2007.  The role of Northern Rock was certainly central in the recent financial crisis, but to what degree is not fully understood.  If there was no Northern Rock would a financial crisis have occurred at all?   And how did the misreporting of mortgage arrears lead to its collapse? Read more

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