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Cambridge Global Challenges


Funded by EPSRC, NERC and ESRC, the CRUISSE (Challenging Radical Uncertainty in Science, Society and the Environment) Network aims to help decision-makers in industry, government and civil society get together with academics from a wide range of disciplines in mathematical, environmental, engineering, psychological, social and other disciplines to provide better understanding and support to practitioners when they have to make difficult decisions stemming from uncertainty.

At the Decision Making Under Uncertainty Network Conference, CRUISSE will be looking to identify and categorise real-world challenges into three types:

  1. Challenges that are tractable with traditional statistical and decision theoretic methods.
  2. Challenges that require a broader approach, where models are developed and informative but not necessarily comprehensive, and mature probabilities are not available.
  3. Challenges that are characterised by radical uncertainty and lack of confidence in model fidelity, requiring thoughtful case-by-case reflection, reframing of the question and innovative approaches to "solutions" or strategies.

CRUISSE aims to develop useful guidelines for cases 2 and 3, including a guide to good practice, which will broaden the awareness of alternative approaches, exploring the way problems are being set up and framed in the light of the type of uncertainties identified.

Practitioners who are aware of the kinds of problems and solutions in each case, and where the problems of interest to them lie, will be a step closer to resilient decision-making, informed by seeing approaches to other hazards facing real-world decision making.

CRUISSE will be funding short pilot projects in partnership with decision-making communities.

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Thursday, 21 September, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, 22 September, 2017 - 17:00
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Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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