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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

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The expertise of experts-by-experience – Struggles over experience-based knowledge in Finnish participatory arrangements

This blog post is based on a talk at the SKAPE lunchtime seminar on July 5th 2017. Taina Meriluoto, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, taina.meriluoto@jyu.fi In early 2010’s, I was employed in a Finnish Civil Society Organisation working within the social welfare sector. I was in charge of a project whose objective was to ‘bring the   ...Continue Reading

Why journalists should engage with their readers: a view from Slovakia

Why journalists should engage with their readers: a view from Slovakia By Simon Smith, Charles University* What happens when journalists join in the discussion in the often-frightening comments section below their articles? That’s one of the questions I sought to answer in my book, Discussing the News: the uneasy alliance of participatory journalists and the   ...Continue Reading

Sex, drugs and activism: making HIV treatment as prevention available in the UK

This article was originally published on Sociology Lens on 12 April 2017 Author: Dr Ingrid Young, CSO-Chancellor’s Fellow, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh On 10 April 2017, the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) announced that PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) – the use of HIV treatment in people who are HIV-negative to   ...Continue Reading