The complexities of global change, the formation of composites that defy disciplinary knowledge, and the proliferation of diverse communities of knowledge, practice and intelligence suggest the need for inquiry into the nature of valid knowledge and evidence, and their formative requirements and professional moorings today and in the future. This requires an interdisciplinary and international outlook, and an ability to convene transnational dialogues and enable regional and comparative perspectives.
The various activities which we carry out under this theme aim to broach and illustrate expressions of interdisciplinarity as well as of the effective co-design and co-production of knowledge between the expert and the lay or the theoretical and the applied. They examine how valid knowledge, knowledge associations and evidence are developed, communicated and disseminated, and the factors which can serve as barriers in different political or cultural settings. They also seek to develop connections between disciplines, researchers and institutions, with a view to promoting the exchange of knowledge and the creation of new collaborations.
Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Knowledge Frontiers Symposia
A series of symposia supporting the development of the next generation of talent within the social sciences and the humanities, and promoting interdisciplinary and international research collaboration.
Truth, Trust and Expertise
A project examining current and past dynamics of public trust in expertise and the contested norms of what constitutes truth, facts and evidence in scientific research and beyond.