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Call for papers: Networks in evidence-based policy


at the Sunbelt XXXV Conference, June 23-28, 2015 in Brighton, UK


Drawing on a substantial field analysing the relationship between knowledge, evidence and power in policymaking, this panel draws together empirical, methodological and theoretical work on three themes: the role of networks in policy processes; the role of networks in evidence and information generation and use in policy making; and the relationship between policy making and evidence/knowledge networks. 

We are hoping to promote discussion on the utility of network theories and methods in understanding policy processes, the limitations to such approaches, and the likely next steps for collaborative research. We encourage submission of papers on topics including, but not limited to: (1) theoretical or methodological questions, such as the use of network metrics to identify key players in policy processes, typologies of network measures and ties which illuminate policy processes, or multi-modal networks and their role in understanding evidence-based policy making, (2) substantive cases, such as the role of think-tanks or other formal and informal institutions in policy, individual cases of policy and/or evidence networks, or the role of elites in influencing knowledge and power within policy or (3) comparative cases, in which multiple approaches or cases are compared. 

Please submit your (250 word) abstract by 31 March 2015 at 17:00 GMT using the following link to the conference's abstract submission system: http://insna.org/sunbelt2015 During the submission process, please place a note in the “sessions” field referring to “Networks in Evidence-Based Policy” sessions.  For more info please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Session organizers:


Kathryn Oliver, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, UCL [log in to unmask]

Moira Faul, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge
Jordan Tchilingirian, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge
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