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 Lectures on Trust in an Age of Disinformation

The EU-funded project PERITIA is about to start the second part of its lectures series [Un]Truths: Trust in an Age of Disinformation. Hosted by the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life and the American University of Armenia, the series explores the concept of trust and truth in light of current events. The lectures start on 21 September and will run every second Tuesday, until November 2021.

Future of Science Communication Conference: Moving Forward Research & Practice

How can we connect research and practice in the science communication field? What are the lessons learned on the relationship between science and politics after the Covid-19 pandemic? Over 1000 participants joined two days of digital discussions and workshops to tackle these questions and more at the Future of Science Communication Conference.

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