Stephan Lewandowsky awarded ESRC Impact Acceleration Award.
12 November 2014
A second round of the University’s ESRC-funded Impact Acceleration Account has funded five Social Science projects to a total of £60,000
Who hasn’t heard politicians or media personalities appeal to uncertainty to argue against climate mitigation? And indeed, why should we interfere with the global economy when there is uncertainty about the severity of climate change? What is the role of uncertainty in science? It turns out that mathematically, greater scientific uncertainty is associated with greater risk—that is, contrary to intuition, uncertainty can never be too great to act.
Dr Stephan Lewandowsky’s project, titled “When, not if: The inescapability of an uncertain future”, seeks to find ways in which this counterintuitive fact about uncertainty can be better communicated to stakeholders and the public.