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18:15 - 19:30 13 June 2018

Panel Discussion: Global Public Policy and the Role of Experts


E28 Harrie Massey LT | 25 Gordon Street
London | WC1H 0AY | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Multiple speakers, Wendy Carlin is Professor of Economics at UCL and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Her research focuses on macroeconomics, institutions and economic performance, and the economics of transition. She is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility and has acted as a consultant for international organisations such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank. Sarah Hawkes is Professor of Global Public Health at the UCL Institute for Global Health where she leads a research theme analysing the use of evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender and health, and sexual health. She works closely with national governme

Experts play a vital role in global public policy, from agenda-setting through to monitoring and implementation efforts. Their influence is arguably growing as global policy-making mechanisms – and the problems they aim to address – become ever more complex and protracted. Expert involvement provides an important source of knowledge and authority for global regulatory bodies, especially agencies working on issues perceived as largely ‘technical’. However, reliance on experts can also pose legitimacy challenges, with the potential to undermine evidence-based policy-making. As witnessed in the UK Brexit debate, confronted by contrary expert opinion, pro-Brexit politicians declared that “people in this country have had enough of experts”.


Monica Barbone
+44 (0) 2031089289 | m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk