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In 2012, a group of 12 social scientists at Edinburgh University began meeting to discuss their research on the relationship between knowledge and policy. We were keen to benefit from insights from across the social and political sciences and to challenge modish ideas about impact, evidence-based research or knowledge exchange. And we shared a commitment to theoretically informed, sociological and ethnographic approaches to exploring processes of knowledge production, translation and use. We were also committed to ensuring these ideas did not remain academic abstractions, but could be practically applied to help those involved in policy-making and implementation reflect on and... Read rest of text

Upcoming Events

Sep 30 Speaker: Antonio Ballesteros # STIS, Edinburgh Forecasting Uncertain Futures: An Ethnographic Approach to Conflict Prediction 11:30 (1 hour) Online via BB Collaborate (link to follow)

Oct 14 Speaker: Kat Smith # University of Strathclyde; Speaker: Justyna Bandola-Gill # Social Policy, University of Edinburgh The Impact Agenda: Controversies, Consequences and Challenges 11:30 (1 hour) Online via BB Collaborate (link to follow)

Oct 28 Speaker: Sotiria Grek # Social Policy, Edinburgh; Speaker: Justyna Bandola-Gill # Social Policy, Edinburgh Beyond Winners and Losers: Visual Rankings as Alignment Devices in Global Public Policy 11:30 (1 hour) Online via BB Collaborate (link to follow)

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What does ‘evidence’ mean to MPs and officials in the UK House of Commons?

A blog by Marc Geddes, based on a recent open-access article published in Public Administration. Select committees are the principal mechanism of accountability in the House of Commons and act as information-gathering tools for Parliament. They are generally regarded as influential in the UK policy-making process (even if this is often informal), who enjoy widespread   ...Continue Reading

Kat Smith, Sudeepa Abeysinghe and Christina Boswell: Reflections on the impact of Covid-19

This blogpost is a summary of the SKAPE Seminar on the 24 June 2020 Kat Smith (Strathclyde), Sudeepa Abeysinghe (Social Policy, Edinburgh) and Christina Boswell (PIR, Edinburgh) presented three complementary perspectives on the on the impact of Covid-19 on the study of the relationship between science, knowledge and policy. Christina Boswell noted the extent, and   ...Continue Reading

Seven Questions for Studying Science, Knowledge and Policy in a Covid-19 World

Marc Geddes, Justyna Bandola-Gill, and Steve Yearley  Covid-19 has spread across the globe, upturning our personal lives and uprooting our routines; and led to significant health problems including, sadly, deaths. Across the globe, people have been forced into lockdown to prevent physical contact with others. Covid-19 has already, or is going to, impact all areas   ...Continue Reading