David is Professor of Risk Management and co-Director of the Centre for
Decision Analysis and Risk Management (DARM) with Associate Professor John
Watt. Prior to joining Middlesex in 1997 he was Director of the Centre for
Environmental and Risk Management at UEA. David has a BSc (Exeter) and DPhil
(Sussex) in physics. For the past 35 years he has pursued a multidisciplinary approach
to decision making and risk management across a very wide range of
applications. These include environmental pollution, the energy industries,
transport, and occupational and public safety.
has acted as a consultant on decision making for most government departments
and safety regulators, and for international agencies and the private sector on
safety issues. For example, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the Department of Health, DEFRA, the European
Consumer Safety Association (ECOSA), the World Health Organisation, the United
Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the UK Chief Scientist's
advisory group on major hazards.
work is recorded in several books and over two hundreds reports and papers
of the Institute of Physics
Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
of the Society for Risk Analysis
Learning & Teaching Interests
David teaches primarily on
the MSc Risk Management programme, also contributing to other
programmes entailing decision making and risk.
Research Outputs & Interests
Throughout his career David has been interested in the transference of knowledge across
the academic - public/private divide. Consequently, he is very closely
involved with external agencies with interests in the management of risk and
this experience feeds back into his teaching.
External agencies include
education authorities, local government, the legal profession, environmental
groups, organisations working in sport and leisure activities and countryside
management, the energy industries, and industry in general. He also has close
involvement with the legal sector.
Books and Publications(selected)
Ball, D. J. and Ball-King, L. N. (2011) Public safety and risk
assessment - improving decision making. Earthscan/Routledge. ISBN
Ball, D. J. (2006) Environmental health policy. Open University Press.
Spiegal, B., Gill, T. R., Harbottle,
H. and Ball, D. J. (2014) Children's play space and safety management:
rethinking the role of play equipment standards, SAGEopen, 11 February 2014, DOI: 10.1177/2158244014522075.
Ball, D. J. and Watt, J. (2013)
Further thoughts on the utility of risk matrices, Risk Analysis 33(13):
Ball, D. J. and Ball-King, L. N.
(2013) Safety management and public spaces: restoring balance, 2013, Risk
Analysis 33(5): 763-771.
Ball, D. J. and Watt, J. (2013) The
risk to the public of tree fall, J. Risk
Research 16(1-2): 261-269
Ball, D. J., Gill, T. R. and Spiegal,
B. (2013) Managing risk in play provision: Implementation guide, second
edition, National Children's Bureau: London.
D. J. (2006) Deliberating over Britain's Nuclear Waste, J Risk Research 2006,
J., Ball, D. J. and Jones. H. (2008) Factors influencing subjective rankings of
driver distractions, Accident Analysis and Prevention 2008, 40: 392-395.