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ESRC Funding Success

Dr Katherine Smith has been awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant.

Dr Katherine Smith has been awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant.

The project, entitled A Risky Business? The Politics of Knowledge Transfer in Public Health’, will explore: (1) how individuals involved in developing UK public health policies are experiencing recent efforts to increase/improve the use of evidence; and (2) the role of third sector & commercial organisations as potential public health 'research mediators' or ‘knowledge brokers’. The aim is to unpack some of the assumptions underlying debates about ‘evidence-based policy’, to explore the interactions of values, politics and evidence and to further develop an ideational framework for understanding relationships between research & policy. In practical terms, the intention is to use the project to work with others to develop sector-specific recommendations for using research to improve public health policies (rather than simply trying to increase the flow of evidence into policy).