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All policies are wrong but some are useful - and which ones do no harm?

All policies are wrong but some are useful - and which ones do no harm?
All policies are wrong but some are useful - and which ones do no harm?
The five of us research and teach risk analysis with an eye towards decision support. Our work has been dedicated to taming risks and helping to make challenging decisions. But nothing had prepared us for the Covid-19 pandemic. We first had to grapple with the news coming from abroad, including, for some of us, our home countries. Then, some information and research, but mostly opinions, started coming in from our academic community, and we felt the tensions. Finally, the UK went into an unofficial and then official lockdown, and all University staff were asked to redirect their research capacity so as to support the national effort for risk analysis and decision support. As we write this on the 20th of April, many countries, including the UK, are starting to consider how to get out of lockdown. Like the previous stages of the pandemic, there is little data, perhaps a bit more research, surely many more opinions, and definitely an overwhelming amount of personal experiences and thoughts. Here we reflect on all of the above, just in case it can help the readers of this Mind and Society flash editorial to think and act, or at least, to not have to do so entirely on their own. As it can be expected, our collage introduces more questions than it can answer.
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Dawson, Ian
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Brito, Mario, Chipulu, Maxwell, Dawson, Ian, Hanoch, Yaniv and Katsikopoulos, Konstantinos (2020) All policies are wrong but some are useful - and which ones do no harm? Mind and Society. (In Press)

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The five of us research and teach risk analysis with an eye towards decision support. Our work has been dedicated to taming risks and helping to make challenging decisions. But nothing had prepared us for the Covid-19 pandemic. We first had to grapple with the news coming from abroad, including, for some of us, our home countries. Then, some information and research, but mostly opinions, started coming in from our academic community, and we felt the tensions. Finally, the UK went into an unofficial and then official lockdown, and all University staff were asked to redirect their research capacity so as to support the national effort for risk analysis and decision support. As we write this on the 20th of April, many countries, including the UK, are starting to consider how to get out of lockdown. Like the previous stages of the pandemic, there is little data, perhaps a bit more research, surely many more opinions, and definitely an overwhelming amount of personal experiences and thoughts. Here we reflect on all of the above, just in case it can help the readers of this Mind and Society flash editorial to think and act, or at least, to not have to do so entirely on their own. As it can be expected, our collage introduces more questions than it can answer.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 May 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 440822
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/440822
PURE UUID: a730d178-0ed5-41e6-8257-8fc61572e8d6
ORCID for Maxwell Chipulu: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0139-6188
ORCID for Ian Dawson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0555-9682
ORCID for Yaniv Hanoch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9453-4588
ORCID for Konstantinos Katsikopoulos: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9572-1980

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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 01:53

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