Konference: The philosophy and history of evidence-based policy

This workshop brings together scholars from philosophy and history of science to help shed light on epistemological and historical cases of ‘evidence-based’ (or ‘informed’) policy and policymaking.

Time

29.09.2017 kl. 09.00 - 17.30

Description

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This is a worrying time for those who believe public policies should be based on the best evidence available. Some claim Western democracies have entered a post-factual era. On some issues, hard-won research findings have lost authority in society. There is a perceived decline of trust in scientific experts, which raises questions regarding the changing value of research with parallel changing ideologies. But just how should scientific evidence shape policy? Can philosophy and history of science be useful to understand the underlying enablers and constraints that dictate the role evidence plays in the machinery of governance?

This workshop brings together scholars from philosophy and history of science to help shed light on epistemological and historical cases of ‘evidence-based’ (or ‘informed’) policy and policymaking. The workshop will address fundamental questions, including how to appropriately apply lessons from history and philosophy of science; how science can integrate moral, cultural, and political concerns; and how we can know if a policy has produced the desired outcomes. Speakers will discuss the role of causality, evidence and objectivity, and their implications for policy. Accepted papers will touch upon the central relationship of science, society and democracy. The workshop will cover the following main thematic areas each based around the discussion and reflection on:

  1. How can we conceptualise a viable social contract between science and democracy?
  2. How can we understand the various types of evidence that are needed in policymaking
  3. How can we balance the provision of sound expertise with normative and political variables?
  4. How can we account for ideology and politics in value claims regarding the use of science?

The workshop is jointly organised by the Danish National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science and Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University (supported by the VELUX FOUNDATION). The workshop brings together researchers and stakeholders interested in evidence-informed policy, science advice, causation and policymaking.

For further information, please contact:

Prof David Budtz Pedersen, email: davidp@hum.aau.dk phone: +45 3029 2974. Aalborg University Copenhagen.

Price

Registration is free but required.

Host

Danish National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science and Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University (supported by the VELUX FOUNDATION)

Address

The Royal Danish Library (Den Sorte Diamant), Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1221 Copenhagen K (Blixen Salen)

Registration Deadline

20.09.2017 kl. 12.00

Register at

runa@hum.aau.dk