Seminar: Thomas Homer-Dixon, "Uncertainty, Lags, and Nonlinearity: Challenges to Governance in a Turbulent World"

Past Event

07 May 2009, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Manor Road Building
University of Oxford, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ

Speaker: Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and is a Professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. Recently, his research has focused on threats to global security in the 21st century and on how societies adapt to complex economic, ecological, and technological change. His work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on political science, economics, environmental studies, geography, cognitive science, social psychology, and complex systems theory.

Discussant: Professor Nick Bostrom is Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. His research interests centre on big picture questions for humanity, with a focus on issues in the foundations of probability theory, scientific methodology and rationality, human enhancement, global catastrophic risks, moral philosophy, and consequences of future technology.

This is a public event, all are welcome to attend. The talk will be followed by a 30 minute session for questions and further discussions.