Risk, evidence and decision making

In an increasingly complex world, our research is penetrating deep into how decisions on risk are made and how they are shaped by technological, social and cultural factors. By drawing on our understanding of these factors, we can provide government and industry with improved risk models and help influence policies resulting in better-informed decision making.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) research

From covid analysis to air quality, our researchers are investigating the immediate impact of the virus as well as the longer-term implications for society. 

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Research topics

Focus area

Autonomous decision making and robotics

Artificial intelligence (AI) is informing decision making in organisations throughout industry and public services.

Find out how our researchers are influencing the legal, ethical and philosophical implications of AI-driven decision making in the area of autonomous decision making and robotics.

Featured research

Research Champion

Professor Richard Friend, Research Champion for Risk, Evidence and Decision Making.

Richard Friend is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Environment and Geography. His research interests focus on the governance dimensions of social and environmental change – including poverty and vulnerability, climate change adaptation and resilience, urbanisation, environment conflict and peace-building, transboundary water resource governance, and the role of citizen-led research as a catalyst for transformative change.

Risk, evidence and decision making research at York: overview (PDF , 180kb)

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