PERITIA is an EU-funded project investigating public trust in expertise. Our multi-disciplinary team seeks to help citizens and policymakers understand trust in science and identify trustworthy expertise. We aim to enhance trust in a better democratic governance for the future of Europe.
PERITIA’s key hypothesis is 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 explores this hypothesis conceptually and tests it empirically.
The project uses climate change and climate science as a test case. Ultimately, it seeks to design and provide practical tools and indicators which can be applied to measure and establish the trustworthiness of the agents and institutions involved in social and political decision-making.