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Professor Bill Durodié

Bill Durodié is Chair of International Relations in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath. He was formerly Professor in the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University based in Victoria, British Columbia, where he was Program Head for the Conflict Analysis and Management programs. He previously held positions at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, in the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis at Cranfield University, part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, and in the War Studies Group of King’s College London.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at CELAP – the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong – in Shanghai, as well as being an Associate Fellow of the International Security Programme for Chatham House in London,[6] and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent, UK.

His main research interest is to examine the causes and consequences of contemporary perceptions of risk, as well as how these are framed and communicated across a wide range of contemporary social issues. His work explores the limitations of risk management and of the so-called precautionary principle. He has questioned the motivations behind the growing demand to engage the public in dialogue and decision-making in relation to science. He has also sought to draw attention to the parallels between Islamist terrorism and contemporary Western nihilism, noting that many who engage in the former draw their roots from the latter and specifically stating that ‘Islam, for them at least, was more a motif than a motive’.

He publicly defended the need for BP to continue its exploration work in the Gulf of Mexico at the time of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and he supported the initial response of the Japanese authorities to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant emergency. On the other hand, he has questioned the dynamic behind environmental campaigns against pulp and palm-oil producers in Indonesia, and has openly challenged the World Health Organization in relation to their declaration of the 2009 flu pandemic, as well as the British government’s interpretation of the implications of the 2011 England riots.

Durodié was educated at the Royal College of Science, part of Imperial College London, the London School of Economics, and New College Oxford, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. He was awarded his PhD through the Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management in the School of Health and Social Sciences at Middlesex University (UK).

His publication list includes articles in leading journals, and on the reading lists of several internationally recognized universities – as well as a noted media profile from both writing press commentaries and appearing in broadcasts.

He featured in the 2004 BBC British Academy of Film and Television Arts award-winning documentary series produced by Adam Curtis The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear. His appearance prompted the Guardian newspaper journalist Madeleine Bunting to describe him as ‘one of the most perceptive commentators featured in the series’.

Durodié was one of the founding members of the Manifesto Club, a network of individuals celebrating human achievement and challenging social, cultural and political pessimism.