ESRC Funding Success
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).