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Early warning signals for environmental and social change

November 26, 2014 by

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Earth systems are known to switch suddenly without warning. Take the weather for example, where one moment it could be a bright, sunny day and the next it suddenly transforms into strong winds and heavy rain of a severe storm. In the case of climate modelling of the West Antarctic ice sheet, recent research has […]

ESRC Festival of Social Science – Tipping Points in Health and Society

6th November 2014, 19:30 to 21:00, Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham City. Presenters: Prof Michael Goldstein and Dr Camila Caiado, Dept of Mathematical Sciences Health problems, from cardiovascular disease to the AIDS epidemic, present major social challenges that require new forms of intervention in health care. Modelling health problems provides a way to help […]

Financial Crime, Corruption and the Global Financial Crisis: What is the role of regulation?

18th June 2014, 18:00 to 20:30, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University Corruption perpetrated by bankers and other financial players has been argued to lie at the root of the global financial crisis. But to what extent should behaviours and practices that have potentially disastrous consequences for the global economy be defined and treated as […]

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 […]

Recent findings from the Tipping Points project

Spread of smoking behaviour in populations through multiple peer influence Researchers from the Tipping Points project have developed a new modelling approach for understanding the spread of unhealthy behaviours through multiple peer influence, such as people’s tendency to follow social norms by imitating their peers or in response to peer pressure, using smoking as a case study. Peer influence […]

The Cold after the Summer of Snowden

Dr Philip Garnett, a researcher on the Tipping Points project, reports on the 30th Chaos Communications Congress he attended in Hamburg, Germany in December that addressed topical issues such as mass surveillance, the future of the Internet and the Snowden affair. The 30th Chaos Communication Congress (30C3) was always going to have at its heart the events surrounding the leaks […]

Tipping Points Annual Report 2012-2013

This has been a busy and productive year for the Tipping Points project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. With all five Work Packages (WPs) now active the Tipping Points team have produced research on a wide variety of ‘tipping points’, carrying the project forward into new frontiers of knowledge, and creating opportunities to encourage new […]

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