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Here is a list of projects our members are currently involved in, grouped according to SKAPE's three main research themes.

1. The Social Life of Knowledge

A Risky Business? The Politics of Knowledge Transfer in Public Health is an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant, which explores how policy actors in third sector and commercial settings shape and promote knowledge in public health debates, and how policy actors, academics and activists engage with public health ‘advocacy’. Read more…

Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovation (INZI) is a 5-year ERC Advanced grant led by James Smith, exploring how African trypanosomiasis (commonly known as sleeping sickness) has been researched, controlled and treated from the Second World War to the present day. The project began in 2012. Read more...

Technoscience, Law and Society: Interrogating the Nexus examines the relationships between technoscience, law, and policymaking. As a Research Network, it draws together participants with a diverse range of academic expertise and policy experience. This AHRC project runs from February 2013 –February 2015. Read more…

Making Genomic Medicine is a Wellcome Trust-funded project that analyses how developments in genetic science and technology have interacted with a number of changes in the policy, regulative and organisational environment. Read more…

Epigenetics, Ethics and Society: Accounting for Responsibility in the Biomedical Sciences explores how scientists in the field of epigenetics are engaging with the social and political dimensions and implications of their work. It is a 1-year project, funded through a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics grant, and running from March 2014-March 2015. Read more…

Neuroscience and Family Life: The Brain in Policy and Everyday Practice is concerned with the place, role and impact of neuroscientific evidence in social policy, and the interpretation of this by those who make and are targeted by policy. This 2-year Leverhulme Trust project runs from November 2013-November 2015. Read more…

2. Monitoring and Governance

The Politics of Monitoring: Information, Indicators and Targets in Climate Change, Immigration and Defence Policy examines the determinants and impacts of changing practices in monitoring across three sectors of UK policy. It is a 3-year ESRC project, running from April 2013-March 2016. Read more…

Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge as a Policy Instrument in Climate Policy is a project funded by the Research Council of Norway that looks at the ways in which key agencies have sought to make the basis for scientific judgements about climate change more systematic and more transparent. Read more...

Governing by Inspection: School Inspection and Education Governance in Scotland, England and Sweden. This 3-year research project, funded by the ESRC and the Swedish Research Council compares the use of school inspection as a form of governing of education in three systems, in the context of current changes in inspection practices in Europe. Read more...

International Lessons in Reducing Health Inequalities is a small grant exploring how (if at all) ideas developed in the UK concerning efforts to tackle health inequalities are being received, transformed and/or resisted in selected Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Read more…

Seeing Illegal Immigrants: State Monitoring and Political Rationality.  This 2-year project, led by Prof Christina Boswell, explores how public authorities in France, Germany and the UK have monitored unauthorized immigrants from the late 1960s to the present day. A team of 5 social scientists and historians will assess which forms of illegality states monitor, and which are left unscrutinised; and investigate the techniques states use to produce knowledge about illegal populations. The main methods are public records from national and regional archives, and around 100 interviews with officials and politicians. Through analysing techniques and practices of monitoring, we aim to shed light on political ‘logics’ of monitoring. Are states keen to maximise surveillance and control of their populations? Or would they prefer to cultivate opacity? You can read more here: http://blogs.sps.ed.ac.uk/seeing-illegal-immigrants/

3. Governance and the Democratisation of Knowledge

Bodies of Evidence: Internet Use, Patient Activism and the Contestation of Medical Knowledge. This project explores the practices and consequences of patient activism in relation to a controversial theory about and associated treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) across three different countries: the UK, USA and Canada. Read more..

Access Denied: The Roles of Clinical Knowledge and Moral Discourse in Mediating Access to Psychological Therapies (2011-15) forms part of a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics. It is concerned with what kinds of evidence mental health policy employs, and the ways policy comes to structure practice. The research likewise examines how new kinds of barriers and facilitators to therapy introduced by policy come to be navigated by clinical psychologists.  Read more…

Citizen Science initiatives and participatory research is part of a Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship. This project explores the opinions and experiences of all ‘participants’ in Citizen Science initiatives, with a view  to contributing to improved practice and a better understanding of the advantages (and pitfalls) of involving ‘citizen scientists’ in the production of scientific knowledge. Read more...

Closing hospitals: knowledge use and public engagement in disinvestment proposals. This project (2013-2017) is funded by the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office. It explores the different knowledges brought to bear on controversial decisions to close local hospitals, with a particular focus on the invited and uninvited ways in which different publics are engaged with the process. Read more...