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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, …

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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 …

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Governing, knowledge and time: a governmentality perspective

A blogpost by Dr. Marlon Barbehön, Heidelberg University This blogpost based on a talk at the SKAPE seminar on 27 August 2019  Time and practices of governing are intertwined in multiple ways. Political rule in general and its democratic form in particular are not possible without the temporalisation of processes and of institutional settings which …

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How British think tanks weathered the 2008 financial crisis

A blogpost by Marcos Gonzalez Hernando, Affiliated Researcher at the University of Cambridge, Senior Researcher at Think Tank for Action on Social Change (FEPS-TASC) More than ten years after Lehman Brothers’ file for bankruptcy, the economic and political fallout of the global economic crisis can still be felt. Its effects have not only been political …

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Beyond diagnosis? Shifting approaches in psychiatry

A blogpost by Martyn Pickersgill, Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at The University of Edinburgh @PickersgillM The use of biological ideas and techniques in the study of mental ill-health and the practice of psychiatry is nothing new. But just because it isn’t new doesn’t mean that’s the only thing that’s going on in research and in the …

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The role of socialisation in education governance: the case of the OECD country reviews [1]

A blogpost by Dr. Sotiria Grek, University of Edinburgh As already widely debated by academics and policy actors alike, the OECD has instigated a new era in education governance, primarily through its construction of a commensurable transnational education space. Given the vast policy implications for systems worldwide, the predominant idea is that it is OECD’s …

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Trusting in Expertise? Knowledge, Advice and Policy in the Environmental Domain

Prof. Susan Owens, Fellow of the British Academy, introduces her Skape Keynote Lecture, 30 May 2018 At a time when trust in expertise is widely believed to be in decline, this lecture addressed three interrelated sets of questions, with particular reference to the role of expert advisors in the policy processes of modern democracies, and …

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