Professor Norman Fenton - The Digger, Episode 3

Are we making evidence based interventions?


Norman Fenton is Professor of Risk Information Management at Queen Mary and is also a Director of Agena, specialising in risk management for critical systems. Norman is a mathematician by training who now works on quantitative risk assessment. Norman has a special interest in raising public awareness of the importance of probability theory and Bayesian reasoning. In March 2015 he presented the award-winning BBC documentary Climate Change by Numbers.

During the pandemic, Norman and his team investigated much of the evidence base upon which decisions were being made. Often, what the public understood, and even what our government understood of the risks we faced was at odds with reality.