Call for Papers: Spaces of Evidence Early Career Researcher Seminar

Evidence in Action: New perspectives on evidence production in contemporary society.

The Spaces of Evidence Network is delighted to invite you to an international early career researcher seminar at the University of Sussex-Essex, on 31st March 2015. This is the first of two ECR events co-sponsored by Spaces of Evidence. The second will take place at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany in autumn 2015. The seminars will provide PhD and early career researchers a platform to present and discuss their research into influential evidence discourses in contemporary society. Download the Call for Papers here.

In the UK, US and Europe, there is an increasing commitment to an approach to policy that has the stated aim of ensuring that decision-making is well-informed by the best available evidence. Evidence is thus conceptualised as bringing to our attention ‘facts’, intended for use in support of a hypothesis, conclusion or a new action. Yet, such an understanding immediately prompts a series of questions regarding the legitimacy of different forms of evidence and their relationship with the complex goals and apparatus of the policy process. We encourage contributions from all disciplines and example themes for papers include but are not limited to:

  • Evidence-based practice and hierarchies of evidence
    Randomised Controlled Trials: A gold standard?
    Big Data: The future of social research?
  • Politics of evidence and the sociology of knowledge production
    Policy-based evidence and the realities of policy-making
    Evidence discourses as a means of control
  • Ignorance, uncertainty and appeals to evidence in a complex world
    Evidence production as management of uncertainty
    Decision-making under conditions of ignorance or uncertainty
  • Evidence, ethics and the politics of life
    Ethical appraisal of processes of evidence production
    Biomedicine, power and corporate responsibility

Attendance is free and speakers will be offered accommodation and reimbursement for UK travel. To be considered for presentation of 15 to 20 minutes in length, please send an abstract (max 400 words) to: and put ‘Early Career Research Seminar’ in the subject line. Deadline for submissions is Monday 1st December 2014. Successful applicants will be informed by mid-January 2015. If you have any questions, please email the organising team: Daniela Boraschi, Shadreck Mwale and Philip Sayer at

Author: spacesofevidence

Spaces of Evidence is a global network of scholars, practitioners and activists exploring the intersections of politics, measurement and evidence-based policy in health, development, economics, medicine and beyond.

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