Durham University

Department of Geography

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IHRR awarded £1.75 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust

(23 July 2009)

The research, funded by Leverhulme Trust, will bring together scientists, social scientists and humanities researchers from 10 departments in Durham University under the Institute of Hazard and Risk Research to focus on this single question: to what extent does the world in which we live really involve tipping points, and how do we learn to live in that world?

The project is for 5 years and will employ 9 research staff as well as an administrator. The Geography Department's Professor Stuart Lane, leader of the research programme and Executive Director of IHRR, said: "A world of 'tipping points' is one where little things matter if the time and place is right. Then they grow to cause catastrophes that are almost impossible to manage. This work will develop new ways of learning to live in such a world."