Bill Durodié at Royal Roads University
Bill Durodié is Professor in the School of Peace and Conflict Management at Royal Roads University based in Victoria, British Columbia, where he is Program Head for the Conflict Analysis and Management programs. He previously held positions at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, in the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis at Cranfield University, part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, and in the War Studies Group of King's College London.
He is also an Adjunct Professor at CELAP – the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong – in Shanghai, as well as being an Associate Fellow of the International Security Programme for Chatham House in London, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent, UK.
His main research interest is to examine the causes and consequences of contemporary perceptions of risk, as well as how these are framed and communicated across a wide range of contemporary social issues. His work explores the limitations of risk management and of the so-called precautionary principle. He has questioned the motivations behind the growing demand to engage the public in dialogue and decision-making in relation to science. He has also sought to draw attention to the parallels between Islamist terrorism and contemporary Western nihilism, noting that many who engage in the former draw their roots from the latter and specifically stating that ‘Islam, for them at least, was more a motif than a motive’.
He publicly defended the need for BP to continue its exploration work in the Gulf of Mexico at the time of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and he supported the initial response of the Japanese authorities to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant emergency. On the other hand, he has questioned the dynamic behind environmental campaigns against pulp and palm-oil producers in Indonesia, and has openly challenged the World Health Organization in relation to their declaration of the 2009 flu pandemic, as well as the British government’s interpretation of the implications of the 2011 England riots.
Durodié was educated at the Royal College of Science, part of Imperial College London, the London School of Economics, and New College Oxford, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. He was awarded his PhD through the Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management in the School of Health and Social Sciences at Middlesex University (UK).
His publication list includes articles in leading journals, and on the reading lists of several internationally recognized universities – as well as a noted media profile from both writing press commentaries and appearing in broadcasts.
He featured in the 2004 BBC British Academy of Film and Television Arts award-winning documentary series produced by Adam Curtis; ‘The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear’. His appearance prompted The Guardian newspaper journalist Madeleine Bunting to describe him as ‘one of the most perceptive commentators featured in the series’.
Durodié was one of the founding members of the Manifesto Club, a network of individuals celebrating human achievement and challenging social, cultural and political pessimism.
Selected journal articles 
- The Changing Nature of Riots in the Contemporary Metropolis: From Ideology to Identity, Journal of Risk Research, Vol.15, No.4, 2012
- H1N1 – The Social Costs of Élite Confusion, Journal of Risk Research, Vol.14, No.5, 2011
- Reconciling Growing Energy Demand with Climate Change Management, Global Change, Peace & Security, Vol.23, No.2, 2011
- H1N1 – The Social Costs of Cultural Confusion, Global Health Governance, Vol.4, No.2, 2011
- Human Security – A Retrospective, Global Change, Peace & Security, Vol.22, No.3, 2010
- Fear and Terror in a Post-Political Age, Government & Opposition, Vol.42, No.3, 2007
- Suicide Bombers v Sexual Abusers: A Battle of Depravity or Western Fixations?, Security Journal, Vol.20, No.3, 2007
- Risk and the Social Construction of ‘Gulf War Syndrome’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Vol.361, No.1468, 2006
- Public Panic and Morale: World War Two Civilian Responses Re-Examined in the Light of the Current Anti-Terrorist Campaign, (with Edgar Jones, Robin Woolven and Simon Wessely) Journal of Risk Research, Vol.9, No.1, 2006
- The Limitations of Risk Management in Dealing with Disaster, Politik, Vol.8, No.1, 2005
- Facing the Possibility of Bio-Terrorism, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol.15, No.3, 2004
- Civilian Morale during World War Two: Responses to Air-Raids Re-Examined, (with Edgar Jones, Robin Woolven and Simon Wessely), Social History of Medicine, Vol.17, No.3, 2004
- Limitations of Public Dialogue in Science and the Rise of New ‘Experts’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Vol.6, No.4, 2003
- The True Cost of Precautionary Chemicals Regulation, Risk Analysis, Vol.23, No.2, 2003
- Resilience or Panic? The Public’s Response to a Terrorist Attack, (with Simon Wessely) The Lancet, Vol.360, No.9349, 2002
- Royal Roads University Bio
- RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies – People
- The Defence Academy Journal
- King’s College London News Archive 2003
- CELAP – China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong
- Chatham House Experts
- Emeritus and Honorary Staff
- Times Higher Education Supplement – Why I ... think a dialogue with the public will undermine science
- Reconstruction Vol.11, No.4 Post-9/11 Nihilism and the Mission for Meaning
- Beyond Petroleum – The Limits of Risk Management
- The Malaysian Insider – Disaster Hacks should stick to the facts
- The Malaysian Insider – Sounding worse, when things are really getting better
- The Jakarta Post – Friction and vested interests in pulp and palm-oil production
- Spiked-Online – WHO’s learned nothing from the swine-flu panic?
- Journal of Risk Research Vol.15, No.4 – The Changing Nature of Riots in the Contemporary Metropolis: From Ideology to Identity
- Middlesex University Research Repository
- Personal Website – Publications
- Harvard University, The Meaning of Madness – Course Outline
- University College London, Policy Issues in the Life Science – Course Outline
- Universite du Quebec, Departement de Science Politiques – Descriptif du Cours
- University of Kent, Terrorism and Modern Society - Module Outline
- University of Ottawa, Security and Conflict – Course Outline
- The Nightmare Delusion
- The Guardian – The Age of Anxiety by Madeleine Bunting
- Reason – Reclaiming the Enlightenment