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Inaugural lecture: Hazel Faulkner

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START DATE 20 June 2013
START TIME 12:00am

HG19, Hendon campus

END DATE 20 June 2013
END TIME 12:00am

Professor Hazel Faulkner presents her inaugural lecture, 'Getting considerably wetter: experienced paradoxes of scientific translation'

The 2012-13 series of Inaugural Lectures will showcase the widening breadth and depth of expertise at Middlesex. Staff can find out more about the series on the Inaugural Lectures page of the intranet (VPN access required).


Getting considerably wetter: experienced paradoxes of scientific translation

Hazel will review the long-term ability of uncertain and codified environmental science to clearly address broad environmental problems through policy and practice. The lecture will be illustrated with examples from the speaker’s research and so explores these issues in the context of soil science and flood risk management. First, the presentation explores how the language of science leaves it oblique to the needs of policy makers and explores the translation this requires. Second, given that the future of environmental behaviours is increasingly understood to be non-stationary or even chaotic, model validation issues create a further crisis for environmental science. Third, the paradoxes involved when science is challenged at the professional interface to be ‘effective’ and ‘clear’ are explored, and the lecture will demonstrate how this results in a situation where the ownership of the uncertainty in the science becomes contested and even exploited.

Professor Hazel Faulkner

Hazel Faulkner joined Middlesex University as a Senior Researcher at the Flood Hazard Research Centre in 2006.

Hazel’s interest in Geomorphology developed during her MSc programme at the University of Alberta in Canada, following which she obtained a PhD at the University of Colorado in 1984. Her lecturing career started at the University of North London in 1972, where she undertook a three year period of research consultancy at the United States Forest Service in Phoenix, Arizona. Hazel subsequently took up lecturing posts at University of Hertfordshire, and then at Kingston University. At Middlesex, Hazel became Reader in Applied Geomorphology in 2008, and Chair in 2010.

Hazel's research has shifted in focus from the science of semiarid erosive gully systems to a more recent exploration of flood risk management and risk communication. This spectrum of interests has resulted in papers in a wide range of journals: Environmental Pollution, Catena, Geomorphology, the Journal of Environmental Management, Land Degradation and Development, Freshwater Biology, the Journal of Flood Risk Management, and Ambio. She has jointly authored volume Flood Risk Science and Management in 2010 with Professor Garry Pender.

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