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Dr Brian MacGillivray

Dr Brian MacGillivray

Research Fellow

Email:
macgillivraybh@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 6132
Location:
1.07, Sustainable Places Research Institute, 33 Park Place

I am a research fellow at the Sustainable Places Research Institute. I am interested in formal methods of risk and decision analysis, causal mechanisms and their relationship to context, and the use of scientific evidence in public policy-making.

I am a research fellow at the Sustainable Places Research Institute. I was previously a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, after spells at Delft University of Technology and Lancaster University. My education is in Risk Management (PhD, Cranfield University, 2007), Environmental Science (MSc, Strathclyde University, 2003), and Geography (BSc, Glasgow University, 2001)

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Most of my work looks at methodological and philosophical aspects of formal modelling in environmental and public health contexts. I am particularly interested in causal knowledge - how it is acquired, how it is incorporated within formal models, and in the difficulties faced in using this sort of knowledge to predict the results of policy interventions. I am also interested in techniques of risk and decision analysis, and in particular the rules of inference and choice that structure and pervade these methods, and how these shape regulatory outcomes. Finally, I am trying to characterize the factors that shape the uptake or neglect of scientific knowledge in public policy, and how these relate to regime types.