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
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 that the UK energy system is facing a sweeping energy revolution.
Marc Geddes, Co-Director of SKAPE, explores how MPs and officials interpret the idea of ‘evidence’ as part of their committee scrutiny in the UK House of Commons. In this blog, Geddes notes the legalistic setting in which ‘evidence’ is gathered, how this echoes similar notions found in courtrooms, and reminds us of the political nature of ‘evidence’ in policy settings.