School of Social and Political Science

SPS expert to support WHO work on citizen engagement in policy making


Dr Oliver Escobar of the School of Social and Political Science has become Co-Chair of a World Health Organization editorial board that will support improved approaches for engaging citizens in policy making.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working to increase awareness of the value of citizen engagement approaches in evidence-informed policy making.

It is ‘committed to integrating the views and perspectives of citizens into the process of evidence-informed policy-making’ and has drafted a document outlining the use of citizen engagement as a form of evidence.

A new editorial board of citizen engagement experts, including SPS’ Dr Escobar, will provide feedback and guidance on this document, and advise on future publication opportunities.

The document is part of the WHO’s ongoing efforts to turn research evidence into policy and action.

Citizen engagement expertise

Dr Oliver Escobar has worked and researched extensively in citizen engagement, democratic innovation and participatory governance.

The board will meet over three months and will assess the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the WHO’s initial document; identify any gaps in the document; and advise on future publications in the field of citizen participation.

Working towards good health and wellbeing for all

This work is part of the WHO’s wider goal of helping the world attain the Sustainable Development Goal 3, ‘ensuring health lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’.

More information

Visit Dr Oliver Escobar’s SPS profile

Politics and International Relations at the School of Social and Political Science