CSaP Annual Conference 2015

14 April 2015, 10am


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 2015annualconference@csap.cam.ac.uk.

Sponsors and partners

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

Professor Catherine Barnard

Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Professor Paul Cartledge

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Professor Barry Eichengreen

University of California, Berkeley

Professor Robin Grove-White

Lancaster University

Lord Peter Hennessy

Queen Mary University of London

Dr William Janeway

Warburg Pincus

Rachel King

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Dr Natasha McCarthy

Royal Academy of Engineering

Amy Mount

European Climate Foundation

Kathleen Palmer

Imperial War Museum

Graham Pendlebury

Department for Transport (DfT)

Arthur Petersen

University College London (UCL)

Dr Fabrizio Sestini

European Commission

Dr Glenn Sujo

Royal Drawing School

Professor Simon Szreter

Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

Professor Paul Warde

Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

Dr David Cleevely

Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Dame Athene Donald

Churchill College, Cambridge

Professor Tim Lewens

Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Dr Tristram Riley-Smith

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Professor James Wilsdon

University College London (UCL), Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Lord Richard Wilson

Policy Leaders Fellowship

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    This discussion covered the role of the humanities in shaping public policy from the view of a civil servant, the toxic and complex issue of the free movement of workers, and the humanities and policy making in a hyperconnected world.

  • In news articles

    Art and Memory: Conflict and Conflict resolution

    The role which art plays in conflict and conflict resolution was the topic of this panel chaired by Dr Tristram Riley-Smith.