Peter Wilson Lecture: William J Sutherland (University of Cambridge) - Policy Making in Uncertain Environments

  • Event:  Peter Wilson Lecture by William J Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology, University of Cambridge
  • When:  Monday 6 February 2017
  • Time: 6 - 7.30 PM
  • Where:  The Royal Society Edinburgh
  • Register:  To register for free in advance click here

Evidence-based medicine is one of the triumphs of recent decades and has indisputably saved innumerable lives and resulted in more cost-effective practice. However, is this the right approach for other areas of policy, such as conservation biology, education or crime reduction? Two key problems are: first, that it is difficult to run randomised controlled experiments for many ecological problems; and, secondly, that local conditions mean that experiments elsewhere may not really apply to your site. Professor Sutherland will describe the strengths and limitations of the current approaches and suggest an alternative solution.

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