Month: March 2022


A Case for Refocusing Upstream

The River Story, attributed to Irving Zola, by New Zealand sociologist John B. McKinlay “A Case for Refocusing Upstream: The Political Economy of Illness” McKinlay, J.B. (first published 1975) My friend, Irving Zola, relates the story of a physician trying to explain the dilemmas of the modern practice of medicine: […]


What is Uncomfortable Knowledge?

The process of unwrapping the drivers of persistent societal and environmental problems involve extraordinary political challenges. Persistent wicked problems include such diverse issues as pervasive anthropogenic pollution, nutrient loss in food, the privatisation of data, climate change, obesity and non-communicable disease. Wicked problems require that the public, scientists and policy […]


Innovation & Ignorance

In an abstract presented at The Australian Sociological Association Conference, November 26, 2021 the relationship between science policy in New Zealand; the decision-making practices of funding committees and the funding outcomes of scientists were explored. The conference abstract was titled Innovation and Ignorance: How Science Funding Schemes Deter the Production […]