Trusting Scientists, Trusting Science, Trusting Themselves

By Gillian Squirrell.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The paper explores public trust and specifically mistrust (O’Neil, 2002a,b,c). It considers that public policy responses to mistrust, through metric driven accountability and calls for trans- parency may unintentionally foster distrust. The paper explores the public’s mistrust of scientists and the development of science communication as a response and questions the consequences of this. Taking the insights from this review the paper closes outlining an intervention which has been developing for biomedical scientists which intends developing their capacity for trust based relationships and communication with publics.

Keywords: Public Trust and Mistrust, Science and Trust, Science Communication, Communicating Biomedical Science

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 10, pp.185-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 663.528KB).

Dr. Gillian Squirrell

Senior Research Fellow, School of Management, Evaluation Research Consultancy, Bristol, London, UK

A broad-based and applied academic in the social sciences and an organizational consultant. She seeks to have an impact at policy and operational levels. Current research interests lie in professional and organizational engagement with public groups and public policy on engage- ment. She is interested in the role of universities in the 21st century and in knowledge making. Director of Evaluation Research Consultancy, London and a Visiting Scholar, Teachers College, University of Columbia, New York.

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