Lecture Series XLVII
invites you to its
Lecture Series XLVI
Cultural Theory and Clumsiness: Some Lessons from Nepal
5 pm • 24 March, 2011 (Thursday) • Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka
Michael Thompson, originally a professional soldier, studied anthropology at University College London while following a career as a Himalayan mountaineer (Annapurna South Face 1970, Everest South-West Face 1975). He is a Fellow at the Institute for Science Innovation and Society, Oxford University, and an Institute Scholar at the International Institute for
Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna.
His early research on how something second-hand becomes an antique (Rubbish Theory, 1979) led to work on ‘energy tribes’, risk, technology and development, etc, and on to ‘the even newer institutionalism’ (Cultural Theory, 1990 with Aaron Wildavsky and Richard Ellis). His recent publications include Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World (Palgrave, 2006 with Marco Verweij) and Organising and Disorganising: a dynamic and non-linear theory of institutional emergence and its implications (Triarchy Press, UK, 2008). He is currently in Kathmandu to work with Nepali colleagues on a IIASA-sponsored research resulting in a book tentatively titled Development, Climate Change and Clumsiness: Lessons from Nepal.
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