Complexity & Uncertainty in a Risk Averse Society

Summary of presentation to Omega Centre Conference on “Planning and decision-making amidst complexity, risk and uncertainty”, Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 22 January 2007.

The Omega Centre project aims “to contribute to the advancement of the art and science of planning, appraising and evaluating the impacts of mega land-based transport projects in major urban and metropolitan regions of the Developed World.” A key assumption of the project is that many of the poorly-understood impacts of such projects are characterized by complexity, risk and uncertainty. My presentation seeks to make connections between these themes and fields outside the transport sector where they are routinely encountered.

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