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 improve how they make use of research.
In early 2014, we decided to set up the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE) to consolidate and extend this agenda. SKAPE will conduct innovative and critical research on the relationship between knowledge and policy. And it will provide a platform for teaching and training, and promote engagement with policy-makers and other policy actors.
We are an outward-looking centre, keen to engage with researchers and practitioners from across sectors, and across the world. Please contact us if you'd like to know more about our work, or get involved with SKAPE activities.
Christina Boswell and Steve Yearley, Co-Directors