Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy
Welcome to SKAPE
The Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy at Edinburgh (SKAPE) brings together academic researchers across a range of disciplines, as well as policy practitioners, to examine the relationships and intersections between different types of science and knowledges on policy. With a membership of over 130 academics and practitioners, SKAPE is committed to exploring and sharing ideas across universities, policy institutions and the wider public to improve the use of knowledge and evidence in democratic decision-making.
Research from SKAPE members covers a range of topics, including research on climate change, energy systems, migration policy, public health, environmental politics, education, international development, and more.
Blogs, perspectives and opinion
Rob Smith and Sarah Hartley summarise a recently-published article in Public Understanding of Science, where they collaborated with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to explore how and when research councils should begin processes of public engagement.
Based on one of our recent seminars, Nicolas Zehner summarises his research on the Edinburgh City Region, exploring the role of higher education institutions in shaping their environments.
The IR_Aesthetics collective summarise the findings of their recent research on how EU migration policies affect refugees and asylum seekers along the so-called ‘Balkan Route’, raising the question: are policies based on evidence?