Conventional studies of the misuses of science have tended to focus on the corrupting influence of factors such as economic interests, but power can be just as seductive. Borrowing the notion of noble cause corruption from the study of policing, this unfunded project is examining instances of the virtuous corruption of science where our agreement with particular aims and objectives can lead us to accept less rigour. Following John Adams notion of virtual risk in areas where science is indeterminate, the focus is on instances of environmental science where the currency is computer modelling rather than observational data. A book is planned.
Contact: Aynsley Kellow
Authorised by the Interim Head of School, Social Sciences
16 August, 2011