Webinar: Led By the Science? The Complex Relationship Between Policymaking and Research

While the use of expertise to inform policymaking is nothing new, the constant invocation of, and deference to, ‘the science’ has received mixed reactions from the scientific community.

Members event, Webinar
11 September 2020 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, health experts around the world have become household names, updating the public on the latest in scientific understanding of the virus and standing alongside politicians to help explain public policies. The scientific community is seemingly expected to shoulder a greater level of responsibility for the practical implications of government decisions than ever before.

Against this backdrop, the panellists unpack the complex relationship between knowledge production, experts and policymakers.

  • Is it possible for politics and science to influence one another other yet remain separate?

  • To what extent should scientists be made accountable for the research that informs policy?

  • What is the appropriate apparatus to mediate these issues?

  • And what is the role of the media in shaping the public’s understanding and expectations of the links between science and policymaking?

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