Joint Radical Statistics and British Society for Social Responsibility
in Science (BSSRS) Conference
Saturday 27 February 1999
9.30 am to 5 pm
Old Lecture Theatre
London School of Economics
Houghton Street, London
9.30am Conference Registration and Welcome
"Social Statistics and Social Movements in the 21st Century"
10.00am - 10.30am Audrey Wise MP
'Statistics in Politics: a view from the back benches'
Audrey Wise, Labour MP for Preston, will talk about the role of
statistics in politics in general and her experience as an MP and a
member of the House of Commons Health Committee in particular.
10.30am - 11am Julian Tudor Hart
'Going for Gold: human biotechnical evidence as a successor to coal'
Julian Tudor Hart has worked for 30 years, as a GP in Glyncorrwg, a
mining village in South Wales. He devised the 'Inverse Care Law' in
1971 and has contributed substantially to clinical epidemiology and to
the development of general practice. He has also been particularly
interested in ways of reducing inequalities in heath and of involving
patients and medical workers together in the co-production of health.
Coffee and Tea with biscuits
11.30am to 12.00pm Ivan Turok
'Will Welfare to Work reduce Unemployment?'
Welfare to work has become a flagship policy of the Labour Government.
Ivan will examine its rationale, consider why it has been well received
in many quarters and offer an objective assessment of its prospects,
drawing on recent research into the geography of the labour market and
the latest official statistics on the performance of the New Deal in
12.00pm to 12.30pm Ruth Levitas
'Defining and Measuring Social Exclusion'
Social exclusion is a very flexible concept susceptible to moral/
authoritarian as well as egalitarian interpretations. Both definition
and measurement of exclusion are consequently the subject of current
controversy, while the nature of the social inclusion Labour will
pursue will be revealed by the indicators chose to monitor it. Ruth is
author of The Inclusive Society? Social Exclusion and New Labour.
12.30pm-1.00pm Ludi Simpson
'Who's Missing from Statistics. A review'
Ludi has recently completed a world survey of 'missing data'. He is
joint editor of the Radical Statistics book Statistics in Society with
1pm-2pm Sandwich Lunch with drinks (LSE's finest!)
2pm - 2.30pm Radical Statistics AGM: Troika elections, Web Site
discussion and much more
2.30pm- 3.00pm Jeff Evans, Alison Macfarlane, John Bibby and Roy Carr
Hill 'Lessons and Laughs from the last 24.51 years'
JE - has taught social statistics and research methods at Middlesex and
the Open Universities. Co-editor of Demystifying Social Statistics.
Engaged in research on mathematical thinking, emotion and "transfer" to
other practices. AM - has long been involved in the Radical Statistics
Health Group and its publications. She is interested in the interface
between health policy and the interpretation of official statistics. JB
- has taught statistics at an old university, the Open University, and
a new university. Now engaged in publishing and popularising maths and
statistics. R C-H - has taught statistics and done research in health
and economics at Universities and the OECD. With experience in former
Portuguese colonies in Africa, he is also currently involved in
education for international development.
Tea and Coffee with biscuits
BSSRS CONFERENCE SESSION
3.30pm-4.00pm Hilary Wainwright
'A Socialist Science Policy'
Hilary Wainwright is Editor of Red Pepper. During the 1980s, she was
prominent in the Combine Shop Stewards movement centred on the Lucas
4.00pm-4.30pm Tim Lang
'Food Policy and the UK Radical Science Movement 1975-2000: from local
to global?' Tim will look at the radical science movement's gestation
of the new food movement (in which he has been a foot soldier) from the
1970s to present day.
4.30pm-5.00pm Peter Harper
'Techno Anthropology in the Home'
Peter Harper is a senior staff member at the National Centre for
5.30 End of conference. Adjourn to the George, 213 The Strand, London
for drinks and convivial discussion in a pub frequented by Oliver
Goldsmith and Samuel Johnson in the eighteenth century. At 6.30 there
will be a hot two course meal with meat and vegetarian options
followed by sweets, Please order food in advance on the booking form
below. Guests not attending conference welcome.
CONFERENCE BOOKING FORM
Do you want vegetarian food?
Do you have any other dietary requirements?
There is disabled access to the Old Lecture Theatre. If you are a
disabled person, do you have any other requirements of which we should
PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BEFORE THE CONFERENCE
Radical Statistics Members: 20 pounds waged / 10 pounds unwaged
Non members: 25 pounds waged / 12.50 pounds unwaged
(For non-members the fee includes a year's free introductory
membership of Radical Statistics - this is only for people who
are not currently members.)
The evening meal afterwards at the George, 213 The Strand (which was
Oliver Goldsmith's and Sam Johnson's local), will cost another 10
pounds per person, but must be booked on this form and payed in
Cheque enclosed (please tick):
Plus 10 pounds (or 20 pounds for two) for the evening meal:
Do you require a receipt?
Please send the completed booking form and
your cheque made payable to RADICAL STATISTICS to:
10 Ruskin Avenue
Bradford BD9 6ER