Science, knowledge and policy
Our research in science, knowledge and policy draws significantly on interdisciplinary research collaborations across the University that share an interest in understanding how knowledge for policy is produced, applied and legitimised in policy-making.
Many of these collaborations are linked to the unique Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE), which is focused on bringing together researchers from across the University who work on such questions.
Some examples of our research in this area include work examining the representation and management of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic by the World Health Organization, and the role of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a site of co-production of knowledge.
Our expertise in the social dimensions of knowledge production and its application in policy-making has led to important collaborative work with policy practitioners, such as working with clinical colleagues in hospitals in Fukushima using social science research to help understand the impact of the 2011 nuclear disaster on the region.