PERITIA was an EU-funded project that investigated public trust in expertise. Our multi-disciplinary team sought to help citizens and policymakers understand trust in science and identify trustworthy expertise. We aimed to enhance trust in a better democratic governance for the future of Europe.
PERITIA’s key hypothesis was that affective and normative factors play a central role in decisions to trust. This applies even in cases where judgements of trustworthiness may seem to be grounded in epistemic considerations, such as professional reputation, reliability or objectivity. Our team explored this hypothesis conceptually and tested it empirically.
The project used climate change and climate science as a test case. Ultimately, it sought to design and provide practical tools and indicators which were applied to measure and establish the trustworthiness of the agents and institutions involved in social and political decision-making. Find out more about the project by looking through our Project Plan or our News or Events pages.