October 13, 2014
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Spaces of Evidence: Reflections on the ESRC seminar ‘Trials and Tribulations of Economics’ by Will Davies.

Orthodox economics has long come in for criticism regarding its presumptions about the world, especially those regarding human decision-making. The question is, if economics is to become more empirically attuned to real-world behaviour, how should it seek to do so? Equally importantly, to what extent does it draw on existing power structures (including some of questionable legitimacy) to acquire more fine-grained behavioural insight, and if so, how can it then offer any critical feedback to those structures, if at all?

It was these sorts of questions that motivated the agenda for the third Spaces of Evidence Seminar, held at Goldsmiths, University of London on 26th September 2014. The seminar was entitled Trials and Tribulations of Economics: New Directions for Economic Policy Evidence, and brought together economists, policy thinkers and sociologists. Here I offer some reflections and thematic summary, drawing on what was discussed over the course of the day (1). Continue Reading →

September 11, 2014
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Final programme for the ESRC Spaces of Evidence seminar series: Trials and Tribulations in Economics. New directions for economic policy evidence

We are pleased to announce the final programme for the third seminar in the ESRC Spaces of Evidence seminar series: Trials and Tribulations in Economics. New directions for economic policy evidence. The event will be held on September 26, at Goldsmiths, London. The final programme can be downloaded here. We still have a few places left. For further information, or to book a place, please write to Daniela Boraschi (programme coordinator) at evidence@essex.ac.uk

June 25, 2014
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Trials and Tribulations in Economics. New directions for economic policy evidence.

We are pleased to announce the third seminar in the ESRC Spaces of Evidence seminar series: “Trials and Tribulations in Economics. New directions for economic policy evidence”. The seminar will be led by Dr Will Davies  (Goldsmiths – w.davies@gold.ac.uk ) and it will take place on September 26th 2014, at Goldsmith, University of London. This event is open to all, but registration is required. For further information or to reserve a place, please write to Daniela Boraschi, programme coordinator, at evidence@essex.ac.uk

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June 3, 2014
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Related events: Experience as Evidence?

A Symposium on the Sciences of Subjectivity in Healthcare, Policy and Practice.

Monday, 13 October 2014, 9 am to Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 5 pm
St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

The symposium brings together a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars and practitioners to discuss these and related questions, critically engaging with how the concept of ‘experience’ is articulated, studied, and developed within medical sociology, science and technology studies (STS), health services research, healthcare policy and practice. Hosted by the University of Oxford’s Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) in association with Said Business School, Cornell University and the University of Edinburgh.

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March 17, 2014
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Call for papers for a proposed special issue of Critical Public Health

Call for papers for a proposed special issue of Critical Public Health. Editors: Kirsten Bell, University of British Columbia and Denielle Elliott, York University

‘Death by a thousand cuts’: Social science research on health in the age of research ethics regulation

The special issue addresses research ethics regulation processes and implications for social science research on health-related topics (especially topics connected to public health, health promotion or other related areas). Continue Reading →

March 4, 2014
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ESRC Seminar Series: The trial on trial. Evidence in interdisciplinary contexts.

We are pleased to announce the final programme for the launch event of the ESRC-funded Spaces of Evidence network, The trial on trial. Evidence in interdisciplinary contexts, on Friday March the 28th 2014 at the University of Essex. The programme can be downloaded here. The meeting is open to members of the public, but spaces are extremely limited. For further information, or to book a place, please write to Daniela Boraschi (programme coordinator) at evidence@essex.ac.uk.

February 24, 2014
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Listening to what doesn’t work: Professor Jack Winkler takes a “brutally pragmatic” approach to food policy

“The most important reason for policy failure is the one that nutritionists are most reluctant to admit: many people are not interested in healthy eating”.

An important aspect of evidence-based health policy is that one has to base policies not only on evidence of what works, but also on evidence of what does not work. According to Jack Winkler, there’s a great deal of that in the healthy eating field. Last summer, Winkler, a former professor of nutrition policy at London Metropolitan University, published a commentary on this theme in the British Medical Journal, entitled “Brutal Pragmatism on Food”. We reprint it in full (with permission from the BMJ).

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January 20, 2014
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Essex

The UK launch of the seminar series takes place on March 28, 2014 at the University of Essex. The meeting, “The trial on trial:evidence in interdisciplinary contexts,” features talks from an international team of speakers on the history, current application and future uses of randomized trials in global policy-making. The meeting is open to the public but numbers are restricted. More details forthcoming.

January 20, 2014
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Geneva

In collaboration with staff from the University of Essex’s law and sociology departments, as well as staff from the World Health Organization, our first initiative took place in October 25, 2013, as part of a collaborative meeting co-hosted in Geneva on “Evidence of human rights impact on health: successes, challenges and next steps”. Continue Reading →