Some scientists get involved with policy without giving up their day jobs. Others take their scientific training and move wholesale into the world of policy, taking up roles as advisors, analysts, knowledge brokers or advocates on specific issues.
In the first in a two-part series focusing on students and early-career researchers, Dr Adriana Bankston of the University of California shares her tips and experiences on leaving academia behind and joining the fast-paced world of policy.
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Leire Rincón García on evidence, ideas, and the race for political attention
37:50Politicians and lobbyists alike dream of the silver bullet: a single killer piece of scientific evidence that will change all our minds about future policymaking. But could any simple piece of evidence have the power to beat big ideas in public debate? And can evidence garner political attention even when the politicians don't go looking for it? Dr Leire Rincón García's field research on the policy of Universal Basic Income seems to suggest that the answer is 'no'. In this episode, Dr Rincón and Toby Wardman together debate why parliamentarians were more likely to ignore emails that cited evidence, what could be done about it, and whether there is a defensible role for the 'activist scientist' in policy advice. Resources mentioned in this episode The reverse silver bullet: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/ep/2021/00000017/00000003/art00003;jsessionid=50s51rbqg6uec.x-ic-live-01
Jennifer Clapp on global food systems advice
43:30One in three people in the world suffers from malnutrition of one form or another. The world's most prominent intergovernmental body for addressing this challenge, the UN Committee on World Food Security, has its own science advice service made up of experts from around the world. In this episode, Professor Jennifer Clapp gives Toby Wardman a whirlwind tour of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, the challenges of making policy in such a complex topic as global food systems, and what it's like to give high-profile science advice at a global level. Resources mentioned in this episode Committee on World Food Security High-Level Panel of Experts: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe
Who‘s afraid of epistemic diversity?
52:31In this special episode, twelve scholars of science advice discuss the challenges of incorporating a radically diverse range of perspectives into a science advice process. This conversation was recorded as part of the INGSA 2021 conference on global science advice, and is moderated by Estelle Balian. Speakers in order of appearance Jacopo Torriti, Professor of Energy Economics and Policy, School of the Built Environment, University of Reading Tuula Teeri, President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Chair of Euro-CASE Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy Central European University, member of the IPCC and member of SAPEA energy working group Jennie Stephens, Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, Northeastern University Thomas Bauwens, Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University Clark Miller, Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Director of the Center for Energy and Society, Arizona State University Alex Stingl, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick Katri Mäkinen-Rostedt, Tampere University Kristian Nielsen, Research Associate at the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge Yvan Dutil, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Québec Heather Douglas, philosopher of science, Michigan State University Resources mentioned in this episode Original recording: www.sapea.info/epistemic-diversity The original recording also includes remarks from Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Tom van Ierland, Sebastien Renaud and David Mair.
Kristian Krieger and Stijn Verleyen on mapping Europe‘s science advice landscape
46:06When it comes to science advice infrastructure, Europe is far from a unified whole. That's why the European Commission's science service, the Joint Research Centre, set out to map the entire landscape, looking not only at European and national level but also digging into the way science influences policy within regions and even individual cities. In this episode, Toby Wardman talks to Kristian Krieger and Stijn Verleyen, two of the JRC's project leaders in mapping and evaluating the science-for-policy landscape in Europe. Resources discussed in this episode Science for policymaking workshops: https://knowledge4policy.ec.europa.eu/evidence-informed-policy-making_en Science meets parliaments and regions: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/science-meets-parliamentscience-meets-regions
Piotr Magnuszewski and Nicole Arbour on games at the science-policy interface
1:11:40How can policymakers really understand the nitty-gritty of a complex system and how their decisions can influence it? How can scientists get a handle on the many competing variables that policymakers must take into account alongside the scientific evidence? One idea is to throw both of them into a live simulation of the system they want to understand, and let them sink or swim. In this episode, game designer Piotr Magnuszewski and science-policy expert Nicole Arbour chat with Toby Wardman of SAPEA to explore whether, and in what circumstances, games can be a useful form of science advice. Resources mentioned in this episode Dennis Meadows's Fish Banks game: https://systemdynamics.org/products/fish-banks-game/ Introduction to social simulations: https://socialsimulations.org/
Caroline Wagner on the internationalisation of science and policy
56:40The world is more interconnected than ever, and global research is no exception. But when scientists work together across borders, who wins — and who, if anyone, loses? Should policymakers be concerned about 'leakage' of publicly-funded research? How is science advice impacted? And in a global knowledge community, is there any future for old-school concepts like science diplomacy? Professor Caroline Wagner, author of 'The New Invisible College' and 'The Collaborative Era In Science', joins Toby Wardman of SAPEA to discuss the brave new world of cross-border science, and what, if anything, we can do about it.
Leonie Tanczer, María Jarquín and Natasha Boyd on diversity in science advice
1:03:50Our two-part series focusing on students and early career researchers concludes today with a lively conversation about teaching, learning and scholarship. Dr Leonie Tanczer, the designer of a unique science advice course at University College London, joins two of her former students María Jarquín and Natasha Boyd to discuss how the field is seen through the eyes of students — with a particular focus on improving diversity in the science advice community. === Resources mentioned in this episode === - UCL blog post on diversity: https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/2019/06/13/science-advice-diversity/ - McKinsey work on diversity mentioned by Natasha: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/diversity-and-inclusion/diversity-wins-interactive - EScAPE project: https://escapecovid19.org/
Adriana Bankston on career moves from science to policy
39:19Some scientists get involved with policy without giving up their day jobs. Others take their scientific training and move wholesale into the world of policy, taking up roles as advisors, analysts, knowledge brokers or advocates on specific issues. In the first in a two-part series focusing on students and early-career researchers, Dr Adriana Bankston of the University of California shares her tips and experiences on leaving academia behind and joining the fast-paced world of policy.
David Budtz Pedersen on measuring the impact of science advice
1:01:13Science, and especially social sciences and humanities, have always had a broad range of impacts on society — impacts which are not easily measured using traditional academic indicators. And engagement with policymakers is one of the trickiest areas to pin down: even when we know it's happening, finding ways to measure and evaluate it can be difficult. In this episode, Professor David Budtz Pedersen of Aalborg University, Copenhagen, talks to Toby Wardman of SAPEA about ways to discover, strengthen and evaluate the impact of science advice in a fragmented landscape. ========== Resources mentioned in this episode Report on the Danish science advice ecosystem: https://bit.ly/3zGfLlR
Pia Kinhult on connecting policy with big science
36:16When it's finished, the European Spallation Source in Sweden and Denmark will be the brightest neutron source in the world, opening up new frontiers for science in a broad range of fields. But building a giant facility like this takes decades of commitment from policymakers and scientists alike. In a political environment dominated by short-term thinking, how do we keep everyone on board to see this kind of project through to reality? Pia Kinhult, Head of Host States Relations at the ESS and a former leading politician in Sweden, talks to Toby Wardman about keeping things sweet between science and policy at the frontier of world-changing — and expensive — materials science. Resources mentioned in this episode European Spallation Source: https://europeanspallationsource.se/