Professor Bill Durodié
chair of risk and security in international relations, University of Bath

Bill joined the department of politics, languages and international studies at the University of Bath in 2014. He previously held posts in British Columbia and in Singapore, as well as at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

In September 2014, Bill was officially invested as a visiting professor to the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) in Shanghai – one of China’s four, top-level ‘Party Schools’ – a position officially renewed in 2018. He had been an associate fellow of the International Security Programme at Chatham House (Europe’s leading think-tank) in London for over a decade.

Bill was educated at Imperial College, the London School of Economics and New College Oxford. He received his PhD through the Centre for decision analysis and risk management of Middlesex University. 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 range of issues relating to security, science and society.

He recently conducted a representative review of the literature claiming links between terrorism and mental health for The Lancet Psychiatry, which concluded controversially that ‘terrorism does not terrorise’. In 2017 he gave the prestigious Vincent Briscoe Security Lecture at Imperial College London.


Saturday 2 November, 14:00 Auditorium 2
Hong Kong: understanding the protests

Sunday 3 November, 14:00 Conservatory
Sounding the alarm or crying wolf: have we lost our sense of perspective?