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Challenging Perspectives on Evidence and Policy

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START DATE 22 January 2015
START TIME 09:00am

Middlesex University
Hendon Campus
The Burroughs
London NW4 4BT

This conference aims to stimulate critical thinking on issues such as, what kind of knowledge is considered as 'evidence'? Whose evidence (knowledge) is seen as policy relevant? What is the role of evidence in advocacy? How do policy makers and the producers of evidence communicate?

Evidence based policy has emerged as an important theme in a work package on 'Stakeholder analysis'. The work package is part of a large European research study on Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe (Alice Rap, funded by the European Commission).

The conference will include discussion of the broader issues as well as case studies more specific to the field of substance use/ addiction and stakeholder activity. The conference is supported by Middlesex University and the journal Drugs: education, prevention and policy.

Places are limited. To reserve a place, please contact Betsy Thom.

Chair: Professor Susanne MacGregor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

 9.00 - 930am:         Registration

 9.30 - 10.00am:     Welcome: Jan Williams, Dean, School of Health and Education.

Introduction to the conference: Professor Betsy Thom, Middlesex University

10.00 -         Keynote address: Dr. Richard Freeman and Dr. Steve Sturdy, Edinburgh University: Knowledge in Policy: embodied, inscribed, enacted

11.00 - 11.15am:    Coffee

11.15 - 11.45pm:    Dr. Karen Duke, Middlesex University: Who is an 'expert'? The prospects for developing 'civic science' in drugs policy governance

11.45 - 12.15pm:    Jordan Tchilingirian, Cambridge University: Making two worlds through one mafia: a social network analysis of how think-tank researchers perform policy relevant social science

12.15 - 12.45pm:    Dr. Jo Maybin, Kings Fund, London: Evidence and 'embodied' knowledge in the Department of Health

12.45 - 1.15pm:      Claudia Megele, Middlesex University: Communicating evidence in a technological age

1.15 - 2.00pm:         Lunch

2.00 - 2.20pm:         Professor Gerry Stimson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Evidence in policy – the case of electronic cigarettes

2.20 - 2.40pm:         Dr. Clare Herrick, Kings College, London University: 'The geographic contingencies of evidence'- the case of alcohol

2.40 - 3.00pm:         Paul Hayes, Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: 'Defending the Evidence': the case of drugs

3.00 - 3.15pm:         Closing remarks followed by tea

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