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Review of Research Councils UK Public Dialogues

Sciencewise-ERC funded project 2011 - 2012


Research Councils UK (RCUK) commitment to identifying and listening to public views is outlined in the RCUK Public Engagement with Research Strategy.

RCUK has a good deal of experience of public dialogues; multiple independent dialogues have now been conducted around major RCUK research areas: e.g. energy, nanotechnology, geoengineering, synthetic biology.  

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Aims and Objectives

To examine the RCUK dialogues to identify the common features of public response that are evidently replicated across multiple and variable dialogue contexts

The key objectives for the project are:
•    To examine the RCUK dialogues to identify and confirm the key findings in terms of public perceptions and concerns.
•    To characterise these findings, including issues that are common and differing between the different research contexts, and explore in depth the possible reasons for such commonalities and differences

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Delivered By

Research Councils UK (RCUK)
The strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils

Involve are experts in public participation and are leading delivery of the project.

University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy
Dr Robert Doubleday is contributing to project delivery.

Exeter University Business School

Dr Jack Stilgoe is contributing to the project delivery.

Latest Status Updates

Project delivery team appointed

Draft internal report due in March

Summary of the review and recommendations were produced in June 2012