Charles Perrow, PhDVisiting Scholar (former)
Charles Perrow discusses the "inevitability of accidents"CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news
Writing in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, sociologist Charles Perrow argues that "some complex systems with catastrophic potential are just too dangerous to exist because they cannot be made safe, regardless of human effort." Perrow, a visiting professor at CISAC, is the author of the landmark 1984 book Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies.
CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: Bloomberg View on October 23, 2011
Writing in Bloomberg View, Charles Perrow says U.S. investment in carbon capture and storage technology could "induce China and Europe to follow suit." This "would allow the world time for renewable-energy technologies to mature -- to the point where we could do away with coal burning altogether." Read more »
CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news: Nature on September 21, 2011
As Japan attempts to move on from the Fukushima nuclear crisis, a scholar of risk and risk perception reflects on Charles Perrow's classic book about why complex technologies fail, and raises the key question that Scott Sagan asked in his 1993 book, The Limits of Safety: "Are normal accidents inevitable?" Read more »
Charles Perrow: How we can prevent the worstCISAC Announcement
CISAC researchers: How the failing reactors could change Japan and the industryCISAC News
As events unfold at Japan's troubled nuclear power plants, CISAC researchers past and present discuss the future of nuclear energy, regulation, and what could happen next.
- » Edward Blandford: Nuclear energy and the true cost of electricity
- » Alan Hanson: Preventing the worst
- » Thomas Isaacs: The future of nuclear
- » Gaurav Kampani: How India will respond
- » Kate Marvel: Game changers in nuclear energy
- » Charles Perrow: Safety improvements are needed now
- » Charles Perrow: Experts ignored the risks
- » Robert Rosner: What is the future of nuclear power?
- » Hanson, Marvel, and Daniel Okimoto: What's next for Japan
- » Crisis in Japan (slides and video)