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The Role of Evidence in Policy

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The relationship between science and policy is complex and has sometimes proved to be controversial. Science can be extremely informative in the policy development process and ministers are often keen to claim that their policies are evidence-based. However, political ideology and social values also have a bearing on policy and this can be a source of contention. This tension between scientific and political values is particularly salient in discussions surrounding UK policies on substance use (for both legal and illegal substances). In this lecture David Nutt (Professor of Psychopharmacology at Imperial), Mark Stokes (Director of the Attention Group at Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity), Barbara Sahakian ( Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge) as well as other experts will discuss political, social and scientific perspectives on this issue.


This talk is part of the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) series.

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