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Tipping Points Annual Report 2013-14

IHRR’s Tipping Points project has now published its fourth annual report. It provides recent updates on the multiple strands of its research that combines different fields in the physical and social sciences, and arts and humanities. The project has generated a tremendous amount of academic research exploring the many different kinds of tipping points in […]

Tipping Points Workshop: Critical Transitions

A two-day interdisciplinary workshop to launch the final work package of the Tipping Points project September 27-28 at the Palatine Centre. 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 […]

Special Issue of The English Academy Review: FRAGILE FUTURES – Call for Submissions

A Special Issue of The English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies, Issue 31.2, due out October 2014 Guest editor, Marc Botha (Durham and Pretoria, Work Package 5 Researcher on Tipping Points)  The characteristic fragility of human existence has always been marked by a deep ambivalence regarding the future. On the one hand, […]

Tipping Points in Ecological Dynamics

This post is from Dr John Bissell, a physicist researching tipping points in mathematical systems for the project. In a conference that had largely focused on `tipping points’ in human society, especially those involving the spread of `buzzwords’, `innovation’ and `trends’, Prof Richard Law‘s talk on ecological dynamics (for those who might not have a […]

‘Beyond the Tipping Point?’ Event: A Review

May 4, 2012 by


Does ‘tipping point’ cause people to view climate change proactively?  Does it help them feel they are able to do something about it or is it apocalyptic, simply another way of expressing the end?  This was one of several topics discussed after a film screening hosted by IHRR’s Tipping Points project — a dedicated group […]

Tipping Points on BBC’s ‘Thinking Allowed’

IHRR’s Tipping Points project was featured on Radio 4′s thought-provoking 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.

Podcast: What is a tipping point?

May 23, 2011 by


If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard or seen tipping point used a number of times in so many different contexts that it seems almost impossible to pin down what exactly the term might mean.  Or…maybe you already have a clear definition that suits you and you’re happy to use it when communicating with others […]

The Tipping Point of the ‘Tipping Point’ Metaphor

May 11, 2011 by


Dr Pojanath Bhatanacharoen presented an incredibly interesting paper at a conference hosted by the University of Hull in the UK, ‘Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities’.  Her research along with the rest of the WP4 team including Prof David Greatbatch, Prof Tim Clark and Dr Alex Bentley, analyse the use of the tipping point metaphor through […]

State of the union address response: Is the US coming to a ‘tipping point’?

January 27, 2011 by


In his response to US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Republican congressman Paul Ryan said the US economy needed to cut spending or the economy could come to a ‘tipping point’: We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: […]

‘Tipping point’ usage over the years

January 18, 2011 by


Google is very useful for finding out how often terms are used and in what context.  As you can see from the chart above, a basic search for ‘tipping point’ reveals a large spike in usage after 1960.  This likely indicates when tipping point was first used in sociology.  In 2000 it went up again, […]


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