Prof Tom Horlick-Jones
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Tom Horlick-Jones’ research work is much concerned with the roles of practical reasoning, language and knowledge in social interaction. This work draws on his practical experience as a policy analyst and consultant in a number of risk-related areas. The work has a particular focus on the role of contingency in human experience, and on the nature of risk-related practices. In methodological terms, the research is primarily qualitative in nature, drawing on ethnography, action research, focus groups, and discourse and conversation analysis. His recent work contains a number of recurrent themes:
- Risk and practical reasoning;
- The governance of risk, and risk-related practices in government, regulatory and business organisations;
- Stakeholder engagement, deliberation, problem structuring and decision-making processes;
- Talk, knowledge and group processes.
Tom Horlick-Jones’ new book 'The GM Debate: Risk, Politics and Public Engagement' tells the story of an unprecedented experiment in public participation: the government-sponsored debate on the possible commercialization of ‘GM’ crops in the UK.
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