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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

Upcoming Events

Oct 28 Speaker: Sotiria Grek # Social Policy, Edinburgh; Speaker: Justyna Bandola-Gill # Social Policy, Edinburgh Beyond Winners and Losers: Visual Rankings as Alignment Devices in Global Public Policy 11:30 (1 hour) Online via Zoom (link to follow)

Nov 11 Speaker: David Yarrow # PIR, Edinburgh Is wellbeing economics a secure basis on which to build a post-COVID welfare policy? 11:30 (1 hour) Online via Zoom (link to follow)

Nov 25 Speaker: Nida Alahmad # PIR, Edinburgh State Matters: Theorizing the state and its experts through the Iraqi experience 11:30 (1 hour) Online via Zoom (link to follow)

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Public participation and algorithmic policy tools

By Antonio Ballesteros The past couple of months have increased the need for accurate, and transparent, tools that allow policymakers to track and forecast the behaviour of the pandemic we are going through. For instance, different groups of researchers in the UK have used machine learning (ML) algorithms to forecast the type of treatment a   ...Continue Reading

Energy transition or energy revolution?

By Dr Mark Winskel and Dr Michael Kattirtzi, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Group, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Policy revolution There’s been a revolutionary turn in energy policy and research circles. Organisations such as the Energy Systems Catapult, the Energy Institute, and consultancy firms such as PwC have all suggested   ...Continue Reading

What does ‘evidence’ mean to MPs and officials in the UK House of Commons?

A blog by Marc Geddes, based on a recent open-access article published in Public Administration. Select committees are the principal mechanism of accountability in the House of Commons and act as information-gathering tools for Parliament. They are generally regarded as influential in the UK policy-making process (even if this is often informal), who enjoy widespread   ...Continue Reading