Investigating Public Trust in Experts
In a world increasingly relying on knowledge and scientific evidence, trust in trustworthy expertise is essential to achieve progress and well-being. We need experts to help policymakers and citizens take the correct decisions in important matters such as health or climate change. We have produced a short animation video asking one of the central questions of PERITIA: Why should we trust experts?
Who to trust on Covid-19?
On 2 November 2020, leading researchers of the PERITIA project discussed questions on trust in science and expertise in the PERITIA webinar “Who to trust on Covid-19? When science advice gets 'dirty' in the political mud" at the Berlin Science Week.
- Maria Baghramian, Professor of American Philosophy at University College Dublin, PERITIA Lead Investigator
- Tracey Brown, Director of Sense about Science
- José van Dijck, Professor of Media Studies at University of Utrecht
- Bobby Duffy, Director of The Policy Institute at King’s College London
- Carlo Martini, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
- Shane Bergin (Moderator), Assistant Professor at University College Dublin
Social Indicators of Trust
Whom should we trust? How justified is it that status is taken as an indicator of trustworthiness? When is such epistemic trust rational? Why do people trust conspiracy theories? These are just some of the many questions that were discussed at the recent PERITIA online workshop “Social Indicators of Trust in Experts”. As a precursor of a workshop in Paris in June 2021, Gloria Origgi and Ty Branch from Institut Jean Nicod invited a variety of selected international researchers from different academic disciplines to reflect on what informal social indicators people use in order to evaluate the trustworthiness of experts.
Presentations featured highly topical accounts on vaccine hesitancy, climate science denial, social justice commitments, science communication, and conditions of trustworthy science advice on Covid-19. They discussed the theoretical implications of recent technological and societal developments for epistemic trust and authority, reputation, prestige, and the role that affective indicators of expert trustworthiness play.
Social Indicators of Trust Part 1/2
Social Indicators of Trust Part 2/2
Science for Policy Podcast
How far should we rely on science to make political decisions? What makes a good science advisor — or a good science advice system? What do we do when the evidence is incomplete or controversial? How do we know who to trust?
The Science for Policy podcast, produced by SAPEA, explores these questions and many more in conversation with PERITIA researchers and other politicians, policymakers, academics and science communicators who investigate science advice and make it happen around the world.
Whether people trust science | Cary Funk (Pew Research)
Talking to policymakers about catastrophic risk | Clarissa Rios Rojas (Cambridge)
Is there a loss of trust(worthiness) in science?
In February 2018, ALLEA gathered together scholars from European academies of sciences and humanities at the British Academy in London. They discussed the notions of the alleged loss of trust in research and evidence, its underlying causes, and questions on how valid knowledge can and should be acquired and communicated.
When Experts Disagree | Video Gallery
- What are the best ways to understand and deal with peer disagreement among scientific experts who advise policy makers on politically and economically sensive areas such as climate change?
- What are the optimal strategies for choosing and trusting one set of expert opinion over a dissenting one?
- What is the impact of disagreement among scientific experts on policy decisions as well as on the formation of public opinion?
What we don't understand about trust. | TED talk by Onora O'Neill
“The aim [in society] is to have more trust. Well frankly, I think that’s a stupid aim,” says Onora O’Neill in her TED talk, What we don’t understand about trust. She argues that the aim to build more trust is a cliché, and instead what we need is more trustworthiness. Here O’Neill gives a more nuanced picture of how to trust more intelligently, based on her criteria for trustworthiness.
A Question of Trust | BBC Reith Lectures by Onora O'Neill
- Spreading Suspicion
- Trust and Terror
- Called to Account
- Trust and Transparency
- Licence to Deceive