UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


POSTPONED: Is ignorance bliss? Why policymakers might ‘ignore’ your evidence

03 April 2020, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

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Join UCL STEaPP and UCL Public Policy for the first seminar in our series exploring academic-policy engagement

This event is free.

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Due to concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the difficult decision to postpone The seminar on Friday 3 April. 
The safety and wellbeing of our speakers, staff and attendees is our top priority and we hope you will understand us taking this precautionary measure. 
We will be in touch with you once a new date for the event has been selected. 

In the first of our new series of seminars on academic-policy engagement, UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy and UCL Public Policy are delighted that Professor Paul Cairney will join us to discuss the reasons why policymakers might ‘ignore’ your evidence and how far academic institutions should go to engage with policymakers.

If you are a researcher who wants to engage more with policymakers, or if you are an ‘intermediary’ who works to ‘bridge the gap’, this session will provide an opportunity to hear the latest insights from policy theory and to discuss how to apply them in practice.

The event will be held at UCL's Bloomsbury Campus with exact location confirmed nearer the time. 

About the Speaker

Professor Paul Cairney

Professor of Politics and Public Policy at University of Stirling

Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling, UK (@Cairneypaul).  His research interests are in comparative public policy. His research spans comparisons of policy theories (Understanding Public Policy, 2012), methods associated with key theories (Handbook of Complexity and Public Policy, 2015), international policy processes (Global Tobacco Control, 2012), and comparisons of UK and devolved policymaking. He uses these insights to explain the use of evidence in policy and policymaking, in one book (The Politics of Evidence-Based Policy Making, 2016), several articles, and many, many blog posts: https://paulcairney.wordpress.com/ebpm/ If you only have time for one article, make it How to communicate effectively with policymakers. Cairney was funded (2013-15) by the UK Economic and Social Research Council to compare policymaking processes in the UK and Scottish governments, focusing on areas such as prevention. He is currently funded by the European Research Council’s Horizon 2020 programme ‘IMAJINE’ to understand how to learn from – and transfer within the European Union – policies designed to reduce inequalities’.