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13:00 - 14:00 7 December 2016

What does a ‘post-facts’ world mean for research evidence?


G16 | (link Map)
9-11 Endsleigh Gardens | London | WC1H 0ED | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

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William Allen, Oxford University

Facts, and the experts who trade in them, have taken an apparent beating. The British public, as heard in the EU Referendum campaign, has ‘had enough of experts’, while by some counts the recent, bitterly divisive US presidential campaign featured more inaccurate statements than the previous two elections. Where does this state of affairs leave social scientists? A long tradition of research has shown how ‘evidence’ and data—as well as their usage in public debate—exist in social, political, and cultural contexts. Drawing upon experiences of UK-based civil society organisations reveals how they, too, engage with research in different ways. This leads to reflections on the ways that researchers across disciplines can modify their practice and public engagement strategies to be more empathic and appreciative of values as they navigate a so-called ‘post-facts’ world.


Dylan Kneale
+44 (0)20 7612 6020 | D.Kneale@ucl.ac.uk

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