New seminars on policy and expertise: Libby Schweber, Kathryn Janda and Paul du Gay

by Lisa Stampnitzky

Please join us for the first of our upcoming seminars on policy and expertise. Each seminar brings together three speakers whose research touches on the nexus of knowledge, expertise, and policy.

The first in the series will be held on Tuesday, January 25, commencing at 4:30 p.m., in the Cormack seminar room at the Saïd Business School. Further seminars will be held on Tuesday February 8 (on knowledge, policy, and expertise in the arena of security), and Tuesday March 8 (on innovation).

These seminars will be structured in an innovative way, designed to encourage interaction among the speakers, between the speakers and the audience, and to highlight connections between the empirical and theoretical findings in the three researchers’ projects. Each speaker will give a short presentation, followed by a comment by a discussant. After a short break, there will be plenty of time for questions and comments from the audience. The seminar will conclude at 7pm.

Speakers and presentations

Libby Schweber, University of Reading: “Liberal technologies and the distribution of expertise: the use of sustainable assessment tools in medium sized construction projects”

Libby Schweber is a principal research fellow in the Innovative Construction Research Centre at the University of Reading where she is responsible for a series of projects on sustainable construction.  She comes to construction research from the Sociology of Science and Technology and has a particular interest in styles of reasoning and the relation between science and the state.

Kathryn Janda, University of Oxford: “Building Expertise: Renovation as Professional Innovation ”

Kathryn Janda is an interdisciplinary, problem-based scholar and senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Her role is to integrate social and technical dimensions of changing building practices for a lower carbon future. Her research encompasses three principal areas: (1) social, economic, and environmental implications of ecological design, (2) social dimensions of energy use, and (3) the relationship between environmental practice and organizational decision-making.

Paul du Gay, Copenhagen Business School: “In Defence of Mandarins: recovering the ‘core business’ of public management.”

Paul du Gay is Globaliseringsprofessor in the Department of Organization (IOA) at Copenhagen Business School. His work is located on the cusp of Organization Studies and the Sociology of Organizational Life. His recent publications include Organizing Identity: persons and organizations ‘after theory’ (Sage), Conduct (eds. with E.McFall and S.Carter, MUP), and Identity in Question (ed. With A.Elliott, Sage). He is currently co-ordinating a research project with Signe Vikkelsø on the theme of What Makes Organization? funded by the Velux Foundation in Denmark.

This week’s discussant will be Will Davies, James Martin Research Fellow in Governance, Accountability, and Innovation at InSIS.

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