CRUISSE Network Conference November 7 – 8, 2018 @ UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
We had the privilege to be Invited by Prof David Tuckett (UCL) to produce an Event Film for this Multidisciplinary Approach to Researching Decision-Making Under Uncertainty at the Darwin Theatre UCL.
"The CRUISSE (Challenging Radical Uncertainty in Science, Society and the Environment) network was established at the beginning of 2017 by the EPSRC, ESRC, NERC and AHRC within RCUK – now UK RI. It is based at UCL in the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty in the Division of Psychology and Language Science in the Brain Sciences Faculty.
The guiding idea behind the CRUISSE network was that it should start not from academic propositions and predilections but from the decision-making problems experienced by practitioners in government, business and third sector institutions.
Activities began with visits to decision-making organisations in government, business and the third sector followed by intensive multidisciplinary and in-depth group discussion of the uncertainties that emerged and how to cope with them. The network developed small pilot project calls with interested decision-making stakeholders. Academics and others responded by proposing ideas. A review process then selected teams trained in economics, computational neuroscience, theatre, arts, mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, social anthropology, politics, environmental science, and political ecology.
Many of the practitioners we met during our visits had never engaged (or had misconceptions or had not known how to engage productively) with the decision support potentially available in the UK academic community. Once recognised, it seems that the demand for support from such practitioners is much greater than the potential supply. Opportunities for longer, deeper engagement with practitioners and new alternately focused research on coping with radical uncertainty should be future objectives.
The 2018 conference will report and debate the outcome of the CRUISSE pilot projects with the teams conducting them, the stakeholders and different academic approaches. Opportunities will be available during the conference to advance ideas about improving how to manage decision-making under uncertainty and the network principals will propose new ways forward for research and practice. There will be a reflective plenary address from Professor John Kay" (cruisse 2018).
Event film to follow
Unfortunately Professor John Kay could not attend due to medical issues; he sent his apologies.