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Developing transdisciplinary risk science: a critical review of ‘top-down’ approaches Event

6 November 2013
Shackleton Building, Lecture Theatre B Highfield Campus

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Julian Leyland at .

Event details

Geography and Environment Seminar

Specialization has driven the evolution of several distinct scientific disciplines, including physical, social or environmental, over the last 150 years. These have generated their own cultures, languages, agendas, institutions, measures of success and cohorts of suitably branded scientists.  However, we increasingly see that society and the environment are exposed to many complex, interdependent and rapidly changing risks - associated with a fast expanding and ageing populations, highly interconnected and interdependent economies, rapid climate change, and increasingly limited resources.  We thus need to have a fresh look at developing the transdisciplinary science needed to tackle these risks. But what are the best practical ways of sowing the seeds of this, and fertilizing a new science culture? The presentation describes novel practical steps to fund transdisciplinary science within the UK over the last 5 years.  The common threats, such as alienation by conservative philosophies and and stimulants, such as champions who recognise the value of transdisciplinary science, are illustrated. Generic lessons from these ‘live experiments' will be discussed.

Speaker information

Professor John Rees,British Geological Survey,NERC Natural Hazards Team Leader

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