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Knowledge and Governance

Standing Group

Established 2015 - Number of members: 314

Steering Committee Chair

  • Falk Daviter (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)

Steering Committee

  • Justyna Bandola-Gill (University of Birmingham) Co-Chair
  • Sotiria Grek (University of Edinburgh)
  • Christina Boswell (University of Edinburgh)
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Supporting research in the emerging field of knowledge and governance. There is a growing body of scholarship in political science and IR exploring the relationship between science/knowledge and governance/politics/policy-making. Knowledge and Governance provides a forum for networking, training and support of research in this area, covering such topics as: the role of ideas in policy-making, the political uses of science, expertise and knowledge, the social construction of policy problems and responses, monitoring and measurement of policy performance, the transnationalisation of knowledge networks, the politics and ethics of the 'participatory turn' and knowledge democratisation and studies of the tools, actors and organisations involved in the production and utilisation of knowledge in policymaking.


  1. Coordination of an annual section at ECPR General Conference.
  2. Email list and Facebook page enabling exchange of news, research jobs, calls for papers, requests for collaboration, etc.
  3. Develop plans for an annual PhD workshop/summer school, providing an opportunity for graduate students to attend specialised talks and present and get feedback on work in progress (initially hosted in Edinburgh 2016, Geneva 2017). We will apply for own institutional funding to commission a short report on the market for, and possible formats for, such a workshop/summerschool. On the basis of the findings, we will develop a proposal for co-funding from ECPR to host the event.


The Steering Committee of the Standing Group on Knowledge and Governance will comprise of four elected members. In addition to the role of Chair, a Co-Chair will also be nominated from the members of the steering committee. The Co-Chair will have co-equal rights and duties.