David’s work with the Winton Programme focuses on quantitative methods in dealing with risk and uncertainty in the lives of individuals and society. Committed to fostering public understanding and enjoyment of science, David and his team take a view of the subject that extends beyond the application of probability and statistics, by acknowledging the vital role of social and psychological influences in risk-related behaviour and therefore risk assessment.
A guest columnist in The Times, The Guardian, New Scientist and Plus Magazine, as well as featuring from time to time in a number of similar publications, David has also made appearances in television documentaries such as The Joy of Stats (BBC 4), To Infinity and Beyond (BBC2), and radio programmes such as Today, More or Less, You and Yours, The Investigation, Analysis, PM and others.
David is highly active in ‘maths outreach’ to schools, through initiatives such as Millennium Mathematics Project, the Risk Roadshow for schools, University of Cambridge Widening Participation, Royal Institution Masterclasses, Maths Inspiration, Cambridge Science Week, as well as talks in individual schools and colleges. He is also a Director of Straight Statistics which is intended to "improve the understanding and use of statistics by government, politicians, companies, advertisers and the mass media".
You can find David’s blog at http://understandinguncertainty.org
David is currently co-authoring a book about Risk with Michael Blastland