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Yr Athro Robert Evans

Yr Athro Robert Evans

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Email:
evansrj1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 4034
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2087 4175
Location:
2.19 Glamorgan Building, Glamorgan Building
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My work investigates the nature of expertise: what is it, who has it, how is it developed, how it shared, how can it be recognised and acted upon.

In answering these questions, I have developed three main sets of interests:

  • Understanding the nature of expertise as a property of social groups. Known as Studies of Expertise and Experience, this approach has developed a $acirc; Periodic Table of Expertises$acirc; that can be used to identify different types and levels of expertise. This work has implications for a range of topics in Science and Technology Studies, including public understanding of science, interdisciplinary working and understanding of scientific controversies.
  • Measuring the distribution of interactional expertise. Developing the Periodic Table of Expertises has led to the creation of a new research method $acirc; the Imitation Game $acirc; to measure the way in which one of its key categories $acirc; interactional expertise $acirc; is distributed. If successful, the method will provide a new way of mapping the interactions between social groups.
  • The role of expertise in technological decision-making in the public domain. Drawing on the $acirc; Third Wave of Science Studies$acirc; , this work explores how experts and citizens can contribute to technological decision-making in the public domain without reducing the process to either technocracy or populism. It has implications for democratic decision-making and for participatory forms of social research.

Research Centre

Centre for Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science

Links to

ALL @ SEE: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/expertise
Expertise blog: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/imgame/blog-2/

 

 

I joined the Cardiff School of Social Sciences as a lecturer in January 1998. Prior to that, I was a PhD student in the Science Studies Centre at Bath University and a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Urban Technology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Since joining Cardiff I have worked on a number of research projects, including: the ESRC funded Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (cesagen); the qualitative research methods node (QUALITI), funded as part of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). I have also held smaller grants from the ESRC and the British Academy.

My current research focuses on developing the Studies of Expertise and Experience approach within STS. The foundational paper $acirc; $acirc; The Third Wave of Science Studies$acirc; $acirc; was published in 2002 and has now been cited over 1000 times. The ideas set out in this paper have led to a more complete typology of expertises, published in Rethinking Expertise, an annual workshop known SEESHOP, and a brand new research method called the Imitation Game. Development of the Imitation Game is currently funded by a five year European Research Council Advanced Research grant awarded to Professor Harry Collins and involves collaboration with universities across Europe and in South Africa.

In addition to these research interests, I continue to contribute to teaching in research methods and science and technology studies. I am also Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Social Sciences.

Further information on current research and publications are available on my personal website.

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

  • Key Note Speaker, $acirc; Talking Biotechnology$acirc; Conference, Wellington, New Zealand;
  • Book Reviews Editor, Social Studies of Science;
  • Organiser, with Professor Simon Marvin (SURF Centre), of the $acirc; Urban Science: Re-Negotiating the Boundaries between Science, Technology and Society?$acirc; workshop in Jan 2005 and funded by the European Science Foundation as part of their $acirc; Forward Look$acirc; ;
  • Organiser, with Professor Harry Collins, of the Demarcation Socialised Conference held at Cardiff University in August 2000 and funded by the European Union.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Editorial Board Member: Social Studies of Science; Methodological Innovations Online
  • Member of: Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Referee for journals including SSS, ST&HV, PUS, AJS, ASR, Minerva and BJS; for grant awarding bodies including ESRC, NSF and Research Council of Norway
  • Fellow of ILT, now Higher Education Academy, since 2003

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Undergraduate and postgraduate

  •      Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  •      Research Design for Masters and Professional Doctorate schemes
  •      Science and Technology Studies

Graduate Supervision (PhD and Professional Doctorate)

  •      Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
  •      Science and Technology Studies
  •      Public Understanding of Science
  •      Science and/or technology in policy

My work investigates the nature of expertise: what is it, who has it, how is it developed, how it shared, how can it be recognised and acted upon.

In answering these questions, I have developed three main sets of interests:

  • Understanding the nature of expertise as a property of social groups. Known as Studies of Expertise and Experience, this approach has developed a $acirc; Periodic Table of Expertises$acirc; that can be used to identify different types and levels of expertise. This work has implications for a range of topics in Science and Technology Studies, including public understanding of science, interdisciplinary working and understanding of scientific controversies.
  • Measuring the distribution of interactional expertise. Developing the Periodic Table of Expertises has led to the creation of a new research method $acirc; the Imitation Game $acirc; to measure the way in which one of its key categories $acirc; interactional expertise $acirc; is distributed. If successful, the method will provide a new way of mapping the interactions between social groups.
  • The role of expertise in technological decision-making in the public domain. Drawing on the $acirc; Third Wave of Science Studies$acirc; , this work explores how experts and citizens can contribute to technological decision-making in the public domain without reducing the process to either technocracy or populism. It has implications for democratic decision-making and for participatory forms of social research.

Research Centre

Centre for Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science

Links to

ALL @ SEE: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/expertise Expertise blog: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/imgame/blog-2/

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