A New Centre on Science, Knowledge and Policy

Politics, Knowledge & Migration

Together with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh, I’ll be launching a new Centre on Science, Knowledge and Policy – SKAPE – next week. It’s really inspired by two things.

The first is a recognition of the need for more critical and theoretically grounded thinking on the relationship between knowledge and policy. A lot of academics are instinctively skeptical about notions of ‘knowledge-based policy’, or ‘knowledge exchange’, or the whole ‘impact’ agenda. And there’s an expanding area of scholarship that explores and challenges these mantras, drawing on theories and insights from the sociology of knowledge, theories of policy and organisational studies. But too often contributions remain siloed in their own disciplines. In particular, political science tends to interrogate policy while treating knowledge largely as a given; while science and technology studies tends to err on the other side, exploring knowledge while treating the policy process as a black box. We are committed…

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