University of Cambridge


The Centre for Science and Policy

CSaP Annual Conference 2015

How can government make better use of expertise and evidence from the humanities?

Venue: Murray Edwards College and Churchill College, Cambridge
Date: 14 April 2015 (10 am – 7:15 pm + drinks)

This year our conference will explore opportunities for improving the way government accesses, assesses and makes use of expertise from the humanities, and offer examples of the significant contribution these disciplines have made to public policy.

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Conference theme

The study of the humanities can provide context, meaning and narrative to many of the cultural considerations that frame policy making. For example, the humanities offer insight into the motivations for human actions, political communication, and the politics of well-being, which contribute to a society based on a culture of democratic argument. This conference will both address the opportunities and also consider practical steps that can be taken to help increase the day-to-day interaction between research in the humanities and the work of government.

Panel discussion topics include:
  • The multiple dimensions of climate change
  • Understanding the financial future with lessons from the past
  • Art and memory: conflict and conflict resolution
  • The role of evidence and analysis in effective policy making

There will also be a poster session and competition during lunch, where early-career researchers will have an opportunity to present their work.

Who should attend?

This conference has been designed for an audience of policy makers, academics, business leaders and early-career researchers who have an interest in the relationship between the humanities and policy.

Cost of attending

The cost of attending is £50 with a reduced rate for researchers and students:

  • Standard cost - £50
  • Academics - £25
  • Students and postdocs - £10

How to register

To register for this event and to pay online, please click here (you will be taken to the University of Cambridge online store).

For further information, please email

Sponsors and partners

The 2015 annual conference has been organised in partnership with the British Academy, History & Policy, and Churchill College Cambridge.