Laws and attitudes around commercial gambling will be examined at the University’s next Munro Lecture.
Professor Rebecca Cassidy, an anthropologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, will ask why - with the gambling industry expanding all over the world - we know so little about the impact it has on public health.
During the public lecture, Professor Cassidy will explore reasons why, in the UK and Australia, decisions to ban or limit accessibility have been delayed for what governments have described as a lack of credible evidence.
She will suggest that while it is widely thought that gamblers are reticent and difficult to study, in fact the failure to produce knowledge about gambling is inevitable, perhaps triggered by the UK and Australian governments’ relationship with the industry.
Dr Robert Munro established the Munro Trust in 1910.
Dr Munro (1835-1920) was an Edinburgh graduate and a celebrated medical practitioner.
A keen archaeologist, he retired from practice in 1885 to devote himself to the subject.
He established the lecture series to bring scholars from across the globe to Edinburgh so that they could share their expertise on anthropology and archaeology.