PEriTiA – Policy, Expertise and Trust

PERITIA – Policy, Expertise and Trust – is an EU-funded research project exploring the conditions under which people trust expertise used for shaping public policy. The project brings together philosophers, social and natural scientists, policy experts, ethicists, psychologists, media specialists and civil society organisations to conduct a comprehensive multi-disciplinary investigation of trust in and the trustworthiness of policy related expert opinion.

People trust experts based on the information they receive from them and others and the level of trustworthiness they ascribe to their speech and testimony. In this process, emotional aspects, as well as the social and political context, may play a central role on how people place or refuse trust in decision-makers. This affective dimension may apply even in cases where people judge the trustworthiness of an expert based on their professional reputation, reliability and objectivity.

PERITIA explores this key hypothesis and its implications theoretically from different disciplinary perspectives in the first phase of the project. These foundations are further developed empirically in the second stage. Among other actions, researchers will conduct a series of surveys across European countries, comparative research on science advice systems, online interactive behavioural experiments, and in-lab cognitive research.

In the final stage, PERITIA will test its findings on the case of climate change with a series of citizen engagement actions. These citizen fora will be organised across Europe following the format of “face-to-face” encounters between experts and the public on the topic of climate change. The project thus goes beyond research by involving other societal actors and plans other actions to engage researchers, policymakers and citizens such as a series of podcasts and a youth essay competition.

PERITIA Call for Abstracts: Trust in Expertise in a Changing Media Landscape

The EU-funded research project PERITIA has published a call for abstracts on the topic "Trust in Expertise in a Changing Media Landscape". Accepted papers will be discussed in an international conference in Berlin on 18-19 March 2021. The keynotes of the event include Prof Onora O’Neill (Cambridge), Prof Natali Helberger (Amsterdam), Prof Michael Latzer (Zurich), Prof Christoph Neuberger (Berlin).

PEriTiA Call for Papers: Social Indicators of Trust in Experts

ALLEA is pleased to share a PEriTiA Call for Papers for the upcoming international workshop "Social Indicators of Trust in Experts" to be held in Paris on 1-2 October 2020. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 April. The aim of this event is to help understand what informal social indicators people use in order to evaluate the trustworthiness of experts.

‘Trust in a Changing World’ - PEriTiA kicks off with international symposium in Dublin

PEriTiA – Policy, Expertise and Trust in Action – has been launched today with the inaugural symposium ‘Trust in a Changing World’ hosted by University College Dublin (UCD). Funded for three years by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, the project addresses the rise of an anti-elitist discourse questioning the trustworthiness of scientific expertise. Researchers will explore the conditions under which people trust expert opinion that shapes public policy.

PERITIA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870883.