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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

‘Red Tape or Horsemeat?’ Response to risk and regulation in the EU

16th February 2015, 18:30 to 19:30, Rosemary Cramp lecture theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University DH1 3LE, Professor Ragnar Lofstedt

Ragnar Lofstedt is pro-European and an optimist about Europe’s future, however he recognises that Europe is having a crisis when it comes to regulation of risk – whether it be chemical, environmental, or food regulation. Regulators have started to lose the public’s trust with regulatory scandals such as BSE or the horse meat scandals. What has been happening in Europe and how can this be interpreted? 

In this talk Ragnar gives an insider’s account of what has gone wrong with European risk regulation and identifies possible solutions to the crisis.


Ragnar E.Lofstedt is Professor of Risk Management and the Director of King’s Centre of Risk Management, King’s College London, UK where he teaches and conducts research on risk communication and management. He has conducted research in risk communication and management in such areas as renewable energy policy, food safety issues, pharmaceutical recalls, telecommunications, biosafety, and the siting of building of incinerators, nuclear waste installations and railways.

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