Risk Studies

Lead member: Durham University

** Please note that this theme is currently under review **

Risk remains a central concept in understanding our fragile and uncertain relationship to the future.  Risk is often deeply ambiguous: it may constitute danger in the form of threats to be confronted and critically assessed, adopted or avoided; but it may also constitute opportunities for unexpected insight, advancement, and positive change.  In this light, critically rethinking risk is a genuinely urgent task.  Co-ordinated through the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience at Durham University, the Matariki Risk Studies Network aims to foster innovative, critical, politically informed, ethical, creative and strategic research that reconceptualises the place of risk in the contemporary world.  Drawing on existing and emerging expertise in risk across the MNU, and embracing the related research areas of vulnerability, fragility, crisis, threat, security, precarity, resilience and trust from a range of disciplinary perspectives, the Matariki Risk Studies Network is an open and outward-facing hub for research activity that aims to bring individuals and existing projects into conversation to stiumate new research and collaborative ventures.