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Edinburgh scholar named one of most influential academics in government



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Dr Oliver Escobar of the School of Social and Political Science has been named in Apolitical’s 2021 Top 100 Most Influential Academics in Government list.

The list highlights work that has influenced the policymaking process by providing insights into policy problems; contributing innovative ideas and solutions; or adding relevant and informative data. It is compiled using nominations from public servants.

Apolitical is a peer-to-peer learning platform used by public servants and policy makers, and funded by governments.

Dr Escobar, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, was nominated for his work in participatory governance and democratic innovation.

A focus on problems faced by governments everywhere

Apolitical’s 2021 list recognises academics working in five policy areas that are the focus of government work around the world:

  • Recovery from Covid-19
  • Employment and skills
  • Social policy
  • Climate and sustainability
  • Policymaking processes and approaches

Dr Escobar’s work in participatory governance and democratic innovation

Dr Escobar, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, was nominated under Policymaking processes and approaches.

He focuses on policy innovation, political inequalities and the governance of the future, using research and practice to develop social and democratic innovations across various policy and community contexts.

Dr Escobar’s work has been shared in 70 publications and 50 courses for students and practitioners across the public sector and civil society.

Citizen engagement and participation

Dr Escobar was recently appointed to the WHO Editorial Board for Citizen Engagement in Evidence-Informed Policy-Making, and is part of the Scottish Government's Open Government Partnership Working Group for Institutionalising Participatory and Deliberative Democracy.

He co-leads the projects European Smart Urban Intermediaries and Distant Voices, and is a former director of What Works Scotland (a large collaborative research programme to advance public service reform).

More information

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