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Big Data needs Big Ideas: Engaging social science for effective security science and technology.

Professor Bill Durodie delivers the Institute for Security Science and Technology 2017 Vincent Briscoe Lecture, followed by a drinks reception.

Science and technology, while transforming society, are also products of society. Their potential and impact are limited by physical laws, but they can also be held in check by the vision and ambition – or lack of these – of the social and cultural context they are developed within.

This talk will explore the contribution that the social sciences ought to be making to every aspect of security science and technology. The achievements and authority of the latter are truly remarkable. But they form just one element of our human pursuit of purpose and meaning.

Obstructing those we oppose is not the same as articulating what we are for. Addressing risks is a means to an end, not the end in itself. The biggest threat we face may be an emerging cultural disconnect within society. Engaging the human dimension has never been more vital.​

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About Bill Durodie

Bill Durodie is Professor and Chair of International Relations in the department of politics, languages and international studies at the University of Bath focusing on risk, resilience, radicalisation and the politics of fear.

Professor Bill Durodie has been in his current role at the University of Bath since October 2014. He previously held posts in Canada and in Singapore, as well as at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and in the War Studies Group of King’s College London where he coordinated a large, inter-institutional and interdisciplinary ESRC funded project under the New Security Challenges programme. In September 2014 Bill was officially invested as a Visiting Professor to the China Executive Leadership Academy.

About the Vincent Briscoe Lecture

The Vincent Briscoe Lecture is the annual lecture from the Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London, named in honour of Professor H.V.A. Briscoe (b.1888, d.1961). Vincent Briscoe was a distinguished inorganic chemist in the Department of Chemistry (1932 – 1954).

During his war work he explored the chemistry of thorium and the rare earths as well as working on a number of secret projects. In his book, Defence of the Realm, Professor Christopher Andrew credits Briscoe with providing the first independent scientific advice to MI5, in 1915, on the subject of secret German writing. Service records indicate Briscoe's continuing assistance throughout the inter-war years and during and after the Second World War.

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