Science, policy and government
Science is integral to governments and evidence-based policy, and scientific research and communication is vital for many government bodies and agencies, from local government all the way to the Commonwealth.
This research theme focuses on the nature of communications between these two very different entities, their different requirements, expectations, cultures and institutions. CPAS researchers are also regularly consulted by government institutions seeking external advice or research.
Our research investigates:
- How do governments use scientific research?
- How is scientific evidence used in political rhetoric?
- What is the influence of government policy on science?
- What happens when the goals of science and government clash?
- How do scientists and policymakers communicate?
- How can science communication benefit government activities and communication efforts?
- How can science communication tools be used to evaluate government communication activities?
Relevant CPAS courses are:
Students also undertake research in this theme for undergraduate coursework, postgraduate coursework and higher degrees by research.
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