Team Members

Donya Alinejad

Utrecht University

Donya Alinejad is interested in digital platforms and social media, particularly their everyday usage in contexts of plurality and difference. Her work has focused on how platforms mediate emotional facets of experience, including feelings of intimacy, trust, and belonging. Her research has primarily explored these issues in relation to migration, diaspora, transnationalism, and multicultural diversity. Her PhD is in social and cultural anthropology (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and drew on her fieldwork investigating the role of web media in cultural identity formation among young Iranian Americans in Los Angeles. She has previously worked as a postdoc researcher on the ERC Consolidator project, Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora, and Belonging.

Trust in a Changing Media Lanscape

Work Package 4

Work Package 4 focuses on the role of digital media in establishing, enhancing or diminishing the levels of trust in experts and the role it has with policy decisions.

Alen Amirkhanian

American University of Armenia’s (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment

Alen Amirkhanian is the Director of the American University of Armenia’s (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment since 2013 and the Interim Director of the AUAF Center for Responsible Mining since 2014. He teaches graduate and undergraduate environmental courses at AUAF. Prior to AUA, he was Senior Vice President of Research at Michael Porter’s Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. He has consulted with the World Bank, UNDP, and the Brookings Institution on energy efficiency as well as economic and urban-growth issues. His current academic interests include urban environmental sustainability, “greening” the built environment, and circular economy esp. as it relates to “greening” cities. He holds a Masters in City Planning (1997) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Ethics of Trust

Work Package 7

Work Package 7 will investigate the ethical requirements of trustworthy expertise as well as the role of ethical considerations in placing trust in policies based on expert advice.

Citizens' Fora

Work Package 11

Work Package 11 runs Citizens' Fora to create opportunities for encounters between representative groups from the general public and experts, policymakers and journalists specialising in the area of climate change

Data Collection and Analysis

Work Package 8

Work Package 8 has the core objective of collecting data necessary to underpinning the overall findings of this project. This particular work package will engage in two complementary strands of activity: 1.Understand trends in existing measures of trust and 2. Generate new data on Trust in Governance

Arshak Balayan

AUAF

Dr Arshak Balayan (AUA) is Adjunct Lecturer at the AUAF who specialises in ethics and epistemology. He received his doctorate from Yerevan State University in 2009. Before joining AUA, he taught at Yerevan State University. He also was a visiting scholar at Harvard University for three consecutive spring semesters. Dr Balayan is author to a manual of philosophy for university students in Armenia. He is also author to on-line lectures series on introduction to ethics.

Ethics of Trust

Work Package 7

Work Package 7 will investigate the ethical requirements of trustworthy expertise as well as the role of ethical considerations in placing trust in policies based on expert advice.

Citizens Fora

Work Package 11

Work Package 11 runs Citizen’s Fora to create opportunities for encounters between representative groups from the general public and experts, policy makers and journalists specialising in the area of climate change

Rebecca Benson

King’s College London Policy Institute

Dr Rebecca Benson is Research Fellow at King’s College London. She will lead the secondary data analysis and produce a series of analyses and reports based on the new survey data generated in WP8. Dr Benson is a quantitative social scientist who has a range of substantive focus areas. She has worked with survey data from several large, nationally representative samples including the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, as well as bespoke smaller surveys such as tenants of a particular housing block.

Data Collection and Analysis

Work Package 8

Work Package 8 has the core objective of collecting data necessary to underpinning the overall findings of this project. This particular work package will engage in two complementary strands of activity: 1.Understand trends in existing measures of trust and 2. Generate new data on Trust in Governance

Shane Bergin

University College Dublin

Dr Shane Bergin is a physicist and an assistant professor in science education at NUID UCD's School of Education. Shane and his research group are interested in teaching and learning in physics (and STEM more broadly). Shane’s research considers these informal settings like lecture-halls or labs and also in more informal settings like a metro train. This research has been supported by grants from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Marie Curie Actions, and the Irish Research Council. In 2018, Shane produced and presented ‘101 The Ways We Learn’ – a 10-part podcast that explores the science of human learning. To inform these podcasts, Shane followed 10 people learning new things (like swimming, coding, and baking). Shane built on these, calling upon experts from a variety of academic disciplines. In 2016, Shane presented ‘Bright Sparks’ – an 8-part radio series on Ireland’s national radio station. Bright Sparks asked what happens when you empower clever people to follow their passions. Since 2015, Shane has run Quavers to Quadratics – a programme that sees primary school children play with ideas common to science and music.

Interaction and Public Engagement

Work Package 2

Work Package 2 aims to assure high quality, coherent and effective communication of the project’s ongoing work and outputs.

Alexandre Bredimas

Strane Innovation

Alexandre Bredimas is Strane Innovation’s Manager, specialised in the sectors of energy and transport. He has experience in the management European projects (FP7 EUROPAIRS, FP7 FAIRFUELS) involving 12 to 25 partners with a budget of 2 to 5M€, and a WPL in many more. He has been involved in the initiation of more than 50 European project proposals. Alexandre has founded startup factory Strane in 2013 which has grown by 2,000% since its creation. Strane has successfully created its 2 first startups in October 2017 (Esensial and Plant Angels oriented on industrial innovations for sensors and big data) and manages the European subsidiary of US Startup USNC which has raised several 10s of M$. Alexandre is a lecturer for final-year Master students at French engineering school Ecole Centrale de Lyon on energy policy, smart cities, external costs, cost-benefit analyses and system dynamics. Before creating Strane, Alexandre has been working at German energy utility EON in Strategy and EU Policy, in French vendor Areva as Cost estimator responsible for engineering, in French consultancy LGI on EU project management. He has participated in the Management Committee of EU think tank Confrontations Europe, focusing on energy policy as well as in the international network of cities on water NetwercH20.

Interaction and Public Engagement

Work Package 2

Psychology of Trust

Work Package 6

Work Package 6 focuses on the psychological mechanisms of trust and trustworthiness, particularly in the context of trust in scientific expertise.

Ty Branch

Institut Jean Nicod

Dr. Ty Branch is a Canadian philosopher of science who writes on values in science and science communication. She argues for the need to contextualize information using non-epistemic values to facilitate public understanding and engagement with science. In her upcoming role as a postdoc, she will investigate the intersection of values and emotion as social indicators of trust. In addition to her philosophy background, her understanding of public engagement with science is informed by her experience leading national citizen science deliberations (World Wide Views, Climate and Energy) and through interdisciplinary embedded research partnerships (Zenith, INRIA & Mitacs).

Social Indicators of Trust and Trustworthiness

Work Package 5

Work Package 5 investigates the role of social indicators of experts’ trustworthiness.

Finbarr Brereton

UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy

Dr Finbarr Brereton (UCD) is Assistant Professor at the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. He is an expert in survey design and implementation, having been involved in numerous surveys in Ireland and internationally. He was the National Coordinator of the European Social Survey in Rounds 6 and 7 in Ireland and sits on the National Steering Committee of ESS Round 9. He was unanimously elected by the National Coordinators of the ESS to represent the NCs on the ESS ERIC meetings for ESS7. Finbarr has secured significant research funding to date in excess of €2 million from national and international funding agencies and has extensively published using quantitative data. He was the Irish Principal Investigator on the European Science Foundation funded project HAPPINESS (HAPpiness, Political Institutions, Natural Environment and Space) which linked ESS data to contextual environmental data using Geographical Information Systems.

Data Collection and Analysis

Work Package 8

Work Package 8 has the core objective of collecting data necessary to underpinning the overall findings of this project. This particular work package will engage in two complementary strands of activity: 1.Understand trends in existing measures of trust and 2. Generate new data on Trust in Governance

Experimental Measures Trust/Distrust

Work Package 9

Work Package 9 uses lab based behavioural studies to investigate the determinants of judgements of trust and trustworthiness by members of the public and to test the findings of phase 1.

Michel Croce

UCD School of Philosophy

Dr. Michel Croce is postdoctoral fellow at the UCD School of Philosophy. He specializes in epistemology and ethics and his current research focuses on the philosophy of expertise. Croce is also interested in virtue theory, moral epistemology, and the philosophy of education. He has recently defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Edinburgh, where he has worked as Early Stage Marie Curie Researcher (as part of the European Training Network DIAPHORA). He has also held an FCT Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Lisbon (LanCog group).

Ethics of Trust

Work Package 7

Work Package 7 will investigate the ethical requirements of trustworthy expertise as well as the role of ethical considerations in placing trust in policies based on expert advice.

Luke Drury

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Prof Luke Drury, MRIA (DIAS and UCD) is an astrophysicist and Emeritus Professor in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. He has been International Relations Secretary and President of the Royal Irish Academy and is currently a board member of ALLEA as well as a member of the Euro-ISC management group. He has a particular interest in issues of policy for science and the civic responsibilities of scientists and scholars. He was co-PI along with Prof Maria Baghramian of the interdisciplinary project on Expert Disagreement WEXD and a member of the joint ALLEA and British Academy working group on Trust, Truth and Expertise. He brings the perspective of a natural scientist interested in issues of policy to the project.

Ethics of Trust

Work Package 7

Work Package 7 will investigate the ethical requirements of trustworthy expertise as well as the role of ethical considerations in placing trust in policies based on expert advice.

Torbjørn Gundersen

University of Oslo

Torbjørn Gundersen is postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. He will contribute to Work Package 3 about trust and advice mechanisms. Gundersen has a PhD from Oslo Metropolitan University with a philosophy of science monograph about the proper role of scientific expertise in public policymaking, focusing on the case of climate science. Gundersen is also interested in the ethics of applied artificial intelligence and is engaged in a research project at Oslo Metropolitan University about machine learning, professional accountability, and human values.

Trust and Advice Mechanisms

Work Package 3

Work Package 3 investigates and compare the existing systems through which experts assume an advisory role in policy making decisions in four European countries

Kirstie Hewlett

King’s College London Policy Institute

Dr Kirstie Hewlett is a Research Associate at the Policy Institute, King’s College London. She will primarily lead the design, translation and cognitive testing of the survey in WP8. She works across a wide range of social policy areas, with interests in inequalities, social division and equality of opportunity, and the role of values, emotion and identity in policy making and trustworthy governance. Alongside her role in the PERITIA project, she is a Co-Investigator for the ESRC-funded World Values Survey in Great Britain, which explores values polarisation in Britain and its implications for policymaking, and is a contributor to the Deaton Review of inequalities in the twenty-first century. She has published on a broad range of topics including polarisation in the UK, attitudes to inequalities and immigration, research impact and freedom of expression, and has led evaluations of cultural programmes that aim to address equality of opportunity among disadvantaged or under-represented populations.

Data Collection and Analysis

Work Package 8

Work Package 8 has the core objective of collecting data necessary to underpinning the overall findings of this project. This particular work package will engage in two complementary strands of activity: 1.Understand trends in existing measures of trust and 2. Generate new data on Trust in Governance

Susana Irles

ALLEA

Susana Irles works as Communications and Media Relations Officer for ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities since 2016. Previously she worked as research assistant at the Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB) in the research project “LATINNO - Innovations for Democracy in Latin America”. From 2009 to 2014, she worked as a reporter for Spain’s news agency EFE in Valencia, Washington and Lisbon, and collaborated with other Spanish media outlets such as El Periódico and eldiario.es. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Economy of European Integration and has an academic background on Journalism and European studies.

Interaction and Public Engagement

Work Package 2

Work Package 2 aims to assure high quality, coherent and effective communication of the project’s ongoing work and outputs.

Ilaina Khairulzaman

Sense about Science

Ilaina joined Sense about Science shortly after completing her research MSc in immunology from Trinity College Dublin. While doing her MSc, Ilaina was involved in many public engagement & science communications activities including teaching teenagers laboratory techniques, competing in FameLab and performing in Bright Club. After a year of bioinformatics research, Ilaina realised she was much more passionate about making societal impact through speaking about science, than she was doing the science. She also has experience in social entrepreneurship, working with government bodies and corporations to help them address social challenges in novel ways. Ilaina is the head of international public engagement, training and marketing and coordinates projects across the EU such as the Voice of Young Science network and Evidence Matters, mobilising researchers, community groups and policymakers to stand up for science and evidence.

Citizens' Fora

Work Package 11

WP 11 runs Citizens' Fora to create opportunities for encounters between representative groups from the general public and experts, policy makers and journalists specialising in the area of climate change

Hannah Løke Kjos

University of Oslo

Hannah is a research assistant at the department of sociology at the University of Oslo. She is working on WP3, with mapping of scientific advisory mechanisms in four European countries, and conducting interviews with participants from the civil society in Norway. She wrote her master thesis on hiring processes to permanent academic positions in Norwegian academia. Overall, her research interests revolves around the sociology of knowledge, studies of experts and expert communities.

Trust and Advice Mechanisms

Work Package 3

Work Package 3 investigates and compare the existing systems through which experts assume an advisory role in policy making decisions in four European countries.

Eva Krick

University of Oslo

Dr Eva Krick is postdoctoral research fellow at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. She contributes to WP 3 on Trust and advice mechanisms. Dr Krick is a political studies scholar whose current research focuses on the role of expert advice in governance and its embedding into democratic structures. She also works on collective decision-making modes and consensus democracies, on participatory governance and citizen involvement. Her regional focus in research is on Germany, Norway and the EU. Dr Krick holds a PhD from University of Darmstadt and has been postdoctoral fellow at Humboldt University Berlin, prior to joining ARENA. She has been guest researcher at the Universities of Edinburgh, Singapore, Oslo and Århus.

Trust and Advice Mechanisms

Work Package 3

Work Package 3 investigates and compare the existing systems through which experts assume an advisory role in policy making decisions in four European countries.

Brian Monroe

University College Dublin

Brian Monroe focuses primarily on the methodology of experimental economics and how economic experiments can provide insight into decisions under risk, particularly when objective probabilities of events are unknown. He has focused on how differences in experimentally elicited beliefs about the health risks of smoking, and how beliefs about the behavior of second movers in trust games influences the behavior of first movers. Brian is a research fellow at the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University, and a research fellow at the Research Unit in Behavioural Economics and Neuroeconomics at the University of Cape Town. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters in Economics and Policy from Georgia State University.

Experimental Measures Trust/Distrust

Work Package 9

Work Packages 9 and 10 use lab based behavioural studies to investigate the determinants of judgements of trust and trustworthiness by members of the public and to test the findings of phase 1. Work Package 9 investigates methodological challenges in studying trusting behaviour and the social factors underlying them.

Matteo Motterlini

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Prof Matteo Motterlini is Full Professor at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (UNISR) and holds the E.ON Chair in Behaviour Change. He holds graduate degrees in Logic & Scientific Method and Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests lie at the intersection between economics and philosophy, in particular on behaviour change, behavioural and neuro-economics. His work focuses on the neural correlates of financial decision making, with a special reference to the role of emotions, regret, social learning and loss aversion. He is director of the Centre for Experimental and Applied Epistemology (CRESA), and of the E.ON Customer Behaviour Lab, where his team uses eye-tracking and emotion recognition software to study economic and social behaviour.

Behavioural Tools for Building Trust

Work Package 10

WP10 investigates the emotional and cognitive components of trusting behaviour. As in WP 9, it uses lab based behavioural studies to investigate the determinants of judgements of trust and trustworthiness by members of the public and to test the findings of phase 1.

Folco Panizza

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Folco Panizza is a research fellow of the Research Center for Applied and Experimental Epistemology (CRESA) at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan. Folco has worked alongside biologists, economists, computer scientists, neuroscientists, exploring with the use of computational cognitive models the different mental processes that occur when decisions are made in isolation compared to when done in a social context. Folco specialises in experiments concerning social norms and the social image of individuals, to explore how these affect our perception of the world and our daily decisions. Folco holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Florence, a Master of Science from the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, and a PhD from the Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences at the University of Trento.

Behavioural Tools for Building Trust

Work Package 10

WP10 investigates the emotional and cognitive components of trusting behaviour. As in WP 9, it uses lab based behavioural studies to investigate the determinants of judgements of trust and trustworthiness by members of the public and to test the findings of phase 1.

Silvia Panizza

University College Dublin

Dr Silvia Panizza is Teaching and Research Fellow in Ethics in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin. She was previously Lecturer in Ethics at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. She has taught philosophy in Norwich, Rome and Cambridge, and literature in Genoa, and she has a background in comparative literature and languages. She works in meta-ethics and moral psychology (moral knowledge, moral perception) and applied ethics (animal and environmental ethics). Her current project is about the ways in which possibilities are created, recognised or excluded in ethical thinking. She draws on the philosophy of Iris Murdoch and Simone Weil and she is currently co-editing a volume on Murdoch’s thought for Routledge. She is keen to help share philosophy outside of academia through public engagement, by organising public lectures, debates and workshops, and non-academic publications.

Ethics of Trust

Work Package 7

Work Package 7 will investigate the ethical requirements of trustworthy expertise as well as the role of ethical considerations in placing trust in policies based on expert advice.

Yevgenya Paturyan

American University of Armenia

Dr Yevgenya Paturyan is Assistant Professor at the American University of Armenia. She specialises and has interest in the sphere of civil society, political culture, volunteering, democratisation of post-communist countries, research methodology and corruption. She received her PhD in Political Science from Jacobs University Bremen. Prior to joining AUAF, she worked at Eurasia Partnership foundation and at Caucasus Research Resource Centres – Armenia. She is also affiliated with the Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis (TCPA) that was established in 1995 by the AUAF School of Political Science and International Affairs (PSIA) with the central mission of promoting independent research and policy analysis. She was the team leader of a four-year research project about Armenian civil society and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Data Collection and Analysis

Work Package 8

Work Package 8 has the core objective of collecting data necessary to underpinning the overall findings of this project. This particular work package will engage in two complementary strands of activity: 1.Understand trends in existing measures of trust and 2. Generate new data on Trust in Governance

Citizens' Fora

Work Package 11

Work Package 11 runs Citizens' Fora to create opportunities for encounters between representative groups from the general public and experts, policy makers and journalists specialising in the area of climate change

Danielle Petherbridge

UCD School of Philosophy

Dr Danielle Petherbridge (UCD) is Assistant Professor in the School of Philosophy at NUID UCD and Deputy-Director of the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life. Previously she was an IRC Marie-Curie fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York, and a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow. She is currently working on two research projects: one, a monograph on recognisability and vulnerability; two, a book project on subjectivity and intersubjectivity. Her primary research interests include theories of vulnerability and recognition; the relation between perception, attention and affect; and theories of intersubjectivity in phenomenology and social philosophy. Her current work on vulnerability seeks to examine the intersection between recognition, trust and vulnerability. This complex of issues is explored in both a forthcoming refereed journal article and monograph, as well as an edited volume. One of the primary issues examined in this research centres around the forms of vulnerability that underlie relations of trust as well as the recognitive relations upon which trust in experts depends. Petherbridge is also creator and co-founder of the Irish Young Philosopher Awards and is developing educational packages on ethics and trust for school students at both primary and secondary school level.

Ethics of Trust

Work Package 7

Work Package 7 will investigate the ethical requirements of trustworthy expertise as well as the role of ethical considerations in placing trust in policies based on expert advice.

Citizens' Fora

Work Package 11

Work Package 11 runs Citizens' Fora to create opportunities for encounters between representative groups from the general public and experts, policy makers and journalists specialising in the area of climate change

Anna Plater-Zyberk

Polish Academy of Sciences

Dr Anna Plater-Zyberk has been in the role of Director of the Office of International Cooperation at the Polish Academy of Sciences since 2017. She received her PhD in cognitive linguistics from Jagiellonian University. Plater-Zyberk completed a BA in Management, an MA in Cultural Anthropology, as well as a European Masters in Translation Studies. She is a fellow of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund and was a visiting scholar at the Metaphor Lab in Amsterdam. Prior to joining the Polish Academy of Sciences, she was highly involved in setting up the newly established Polish funding agency; the National Science Centre (NCN), where she was responsible for building and directing the NCN Office of International Cooperation. In her current role she oversees international relations for the Academy which includes; mobility programmes, international networks and the activities of PAS centres abroad.

Citizens' Fora

Work Package 11

Work Package 11 runs Citizen’s Fora to create opportunities for encounters between representative groups from the general public and experts, policy makers and journalists specialising in the area of climate change

Piero Ronzani

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Piero is a postdoctoral research fellow at UniSR, Milan. His fields of research are Behavioral and Experimental Economics. Previously, he worked at the Cognitive and Experimental Economics Laboratory in Trento University and has been visiting the Center for Studies of African Economies in Oxford University. Piero has been investigating the role of poverty in decision-making processes. His research agenda includes studying risk and testing public policies in the lab. Recently, he has been experimenting how to effectively communicate seismic hazard to citizens, in collaboration with the Italian Civil Protection. Piero is passionate about behavioral development economics, lab-in-the-field experiments, and impact evaluation techniques.

Behavioural Tools for Building Trust

Work Package 10

WP10 investigates the emotional and cognitive components of trusting behaviour. As in WP 9, it uses lab based behavioural studies to investigate the determinants of judgements of trust and trustworthiness by members of the public and to test the findings of phase 1.

Till Weber

Newcastle University Business School

Dr Till Weber joined Newcastle University Business School in 2020 as a Lecturer in Economics. His research explores the driving factors of cooperation and norm enforcement in social dilemmas. His main research interests are in the areas of behavioural and experimental economics. He is particularly interested in the study of human cooperation, norm enforcement and investigating cross-cultural differences in decision making. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham, a MSc in Behavioural Economics from the University of Nottingham and a BSc in Economics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich.

Experimental Measures Trust/Distrust

Work Package 9

WP 9 investigates methodological challenges in studying trusting behaviour and the social factors underlying them. It uses lab based behavioural studies to investigate the determinants of judgements of trust and trustworthiness by members of the public and to test the findings of phase 1.