Author Archives: Hayley Shaw

About Hayley Shaw

Knowledge Exchange Manager at Cranfield University's Centre for Environmental Risks and Futures (CERF). Sharing the latest news from Cranfield, and insights from across the industry. All things risk, environment, and the future.

Our website has moved!

The Institute for Environment, Health, Risk and Futures now has a new futures website. Visit us at http://www.cranfieldfutures.com for the latest horizon scanning blogs and foresight reports. If you are an email follower of this website, we will automatically transfer … Continue reading

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Complexity in expert judgement

When we don’t have enough data to make a decision or where analysis or interpretation requires expertise we don’t have (or don’t have enough of) ourselves we often consult a person deemed to be an expert. We use this judgement … Continue reading

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Seeing the light – a new way of breaking habits

Humans can develop habits in response to environmental cues – for example eating when we are stressed. In much the same way a rat can be trained to run down a T-shaped maze towards chocolate when it hears a tone. … Continue reading

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Geneticists – tracing people through DNA

For years public genealogy databases have been matching genetic ‘patterns’ with surnames online. Now scientists have found that with nothing but a genetic code and internet access it is possible to pinpoint the exact owner of a piece of DNA. … Continue reading

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Green belt development

In December, the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer unveiled plans to develop the countryside and permit 3,300 new houses. The announcement comes only a few months after the release of new planning policies. Whilst this may hold some … Continue reading

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News: New student project investigates climate change communication

Students at the Centre for Environmental Risks and Futures are investigating the most effective ways to engage businesses in climate change adaptation. Future weather patterns are likely to bring many challenges to UK businesses, who may need to adapt to ensure … Continue reading

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The 2012 Social Media Report – environmental implications

A new report by Nielson investigates the last 12 months of social media usage across the globe and has a wealth of interesting insights about how we are interacting with the technology. Some brief insights include: In Europe, 38% of … Continue reading

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