Impact Pathways to Public Policy

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Abstract. The growing sense of a post-elite, post-expert world has led scientists, experts and policy-makers to reflect upon sensible answers to the emerging epistemological crisis in Western democracies. What should be done to restore confidence in scientific expertise? What are the best practices for translating science into policy while taking account of the important role of value judgments? How can the scientific establishment and its institutions avoid being elitist and naïve proponents of a deficit model that insists on educating the uneducated? Based on a systematic scoping review of the science advice literature, this presentation will first identify specific guidelines and considerations that need to be taken into account when providing scientific expertise to public policy. Mapping the literature of science advice has pointed at specific guidelines, institutional roles and dilemmas. Among these dilemmas are transparency, independence and the so-called "politicization of science" as well as "scientification of policy". Providing science advice is one among several pathways to the impact of research, including research in the humanities and social sciences. In conclusion, the presentation outlines how scientists, policy-makers and philosophers can co-produce knowledge which generate influence and uptake of knowledge throughout society.
Period10 Feb 2018
Event typeConference
LocationBoulder, United States, Colorado
Degree of RecognitionInternational