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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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Kat Smith, Sudeepa Abeysinghe and Christina Boswell: Reflections on the impact of Covid-19

This blogpost is a summary of the SKAPE Seminar on the 24 June 2020 Kat Smith (Strathclyde), Sudeepa Abeysinghe (Social Policy, Edinburgh) and Christina Boswell (PIR, Edinburgh) presented three complementary perspectives on the on the impact of Covid-19 on the study of the relationship between science, knowledge and policy. Christina Boswell noted the extent, and   ...Continue Reading

Seven Questions for Studying Science, Knowledge and Policy in a Covid-19 World

Marc Geddes, Justyna Bandola-Gill, and Steve Yearley¬† Covid-19 has spread across the globe, upturning our personal lives and uprooting our routines; and led to significant health problems including, sadly, deaths. Across the globe, people have been forced into lockdown to prevent physical contact with others. Covid-19 has already, or is going to, impact all areas   ...Continue Reading

Uncertainty, Pandemics and Policy

A blogpost by Sudeepa Abeysinghe, Lecturer in Global Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh¬† This blogpost is a repost of a blogpost published in April 2016 on the SKAPE blogpage¬† The global management of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases present a complex governance issue. The most recent Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC),   ...Continue Reading