Due to unspecified intricacies of funding and research policy, my academic home turf – aka the institute formerly known as the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization (JMI) – is changing its name to the Oxford Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (what can I say, they like simple names around here). We will mark the day on March 16th with an open event entitled “Can we steer social and technological innovation?

I am not sure whether it is a good or a bad sign, but it means that the JMI, in one way or the other, started and ended with me! It has certainly been an important epoch in my life.

In other news, I was a bit sad to learn that Bent Flyvbjerg, one of the few world-class social scientific scholars ever to come out of Denmark, will join SBS exactly as I leave the building; officially, I stop being a DPhil candidate on March 31st whereas he will take up his chair on April 1st. Talk about sliding doors…

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