Roundtable Discussion: "Histories of risk in policy and practice"

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Concluding Roundtable Discussion of the conference

"Accidents and Emergencies: Risk, Welfare and Safety in Europe and North America, c. 1750–2000"

9–11 September 2013, Oxford Brookes University


"Histories of risk in policy and practice"


This session brought together policy-makers, practitioners and historians, to explore what uses history might have to those engaged with questions of safety and risk in everyday life today. Topics discussed included how historians and practitioners might better engage with each other, and what practitioners perceive to be the value of history.


An open discussion led by Glen O’Hara (Oxford Brookes), with

John Rimington (former Director-General of the UK Health and Safety Executive)

Neal Stone (British Safety Council)

Tim Carter

David Eves (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)

[59min, 10 slides]



Introductory Statements

Tim Carter, at 1min24

David Eves (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), at 9min02

John Rimington (former Director-General of the UK Health and Safety Executive), at 20min54

Neal Stone (British Safety Council), at 26min40


Q&A Session

Q. What does the panel think about the future of writing histories of risk?(at 32min26)

A. David Eves, Tim Carter, John Rimington, David Eves, John Rimington, David Eves, Neal Stone


Q. How do academics make their work more relevant to policy makers? (at 45min)

A. David Eves, Tim Carter


Q. How do we integrate histories of crime with histories of safety and safety cultures? (at 51min08)

A. David Eves


Q. How can we help younger academics with media-coaching and how to use social media? (at 55min)

A. Glen O’Hara, Neal Stone


Q. How can we improve the two-way discussion between academics and policy makers? (at 56min11)

A. John Rimington, Tim Carter


Other Podcasts from this conference:

•Bill Luckin,“A hidden history: Drink, travel and accidents in the nineteenth century

•Arwen Mohun, “Writing the history of risk: Questions, methods and reasons why



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